911 Call Shows Baby Cut Out of Mother’s Womb Took “Gasping Breath” Before She Died

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 19, 2015   |   5:20PM   |   Longmont, CO

A 911 call of audio from the woman whose 7-month-old unborn baby was cut out of her womb by someone she met to purchase an item off of Craigslist reveals the baby took a “gasping breath” before she died. The victim was seven-months pregnant and was visiting Dynel Catrece Lane’s home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist.

The victim was beaten and stabbed before Lane cut her unborn baby from her abdomen. Left alone in the basement of the home, the victim was eventually able to call police, was rescued and rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery. An autopsy on the baby is scheduled to be completed Friday.

The woman accused of committing the violent attack, 34-year-old Dynel Lane, later allegedly brought the deceased child to the hospital and claimed she’d had a miscarriage. She was arrested and booked into the Boulder County Jail.

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The audio of the 911 call is heartbreaking:

On Wednesday, Dynel Catrece Lane was arrested after she attacked a pregnant woman and cut her 7-month-old unborn baby from her womb. In this unbelievable act of violence, the baby died but the woman is expected to survive. Lane appeared in court today and is being accused of three criminal felonies: attempted 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Lane was kept behind glass in court  and her bail was set at $2 million. Official charges are planned for next Wednesday.

But Lane may not be held accountable for the baby’s death unless an autopsy determines whether or not the baby took a breath. That’s because Colorado has no law to hold criminals accountable when they kill an unborn baby in the course of a crime against his or her mother.

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett talked about what kind of charges may be brought:


“The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving the death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue,” Garnett said. “Under Colorado law, there’s no way murder charges can be brought if it is not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time. I don’t know the answer yet as to whether that could be established – what our facts are here. One of the issues that we will need to evaluate in connection with that is the medical information from the autopsy.”

Lane has claimed to be pregnant before.

7NEWS found a Dynel Lane who registered on a pregnancy website and a baby registry saying her baby was due Nov. 14, 2014. Friends on her social media page comment on her pregnancy as recently as September 2014.

An online obituary also shows that a woman with the same name lost a child in July 2002. The obituary identified the 19-month-old boy as Michael Alexander Cruz. “He loved playing with his sisters, cousins and friends. He had just learned to sing his first song, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” His family called the boy “Little Mac,” according to the obituary.

A relative told the Associated Press that the boy accidentally drowned in a shallow pond at the home of her parents near Pueblo, Colorado. Investigators at the time ruled the death an accident.

7NEWS learned the suspect has at least two girls who live at the home on Green Place, but it was not known if they were home at the time of the attack.

Records from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies shows a Dynel C. Lane held a certified nurse aide license in 2010. It expired in 2012.