The pregnant Colorado woman who was attacked by a woman who claimed to be selling baby clothes and Craigslist and who cut her 7-month-old unborn baby out of her stomach at her home has left the hospital. A 911 recording shows the baby breathed a heavy last gasp before she died.
Last week, 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 victim, Michelle Wilkins, is expected to survive.
Wilkins (shown in image at top) was beaten and stabbed before Lane cut her unborn baby from her abdomen. Left alone in the basement of the home, she 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.
During a brief court appearance last Thursday, Lane was kept behind glass in court and her bail was set at $2 million. Official charges are planned for next Wednesday.
Now, Wilkins’ family indicates she has finally been discharged from the hospital after she spent some time there in critical condition. From the family’s GoFundMe page:
Some good news…
Michelle is out of the hospital and in a safe place. As you might imagine, we’re navigating troubled waters one would never want to see in a lifetime. The issues to be dealt with now are coming like tsunamis, but she has family and friends by her side every step of the way (not to mention her beloved dog Jade, who is now permanently glued to her side).
What we didn’t anticipate, and for which we will eternally grateful, is the outpouring your generous donations and heartfelt messages. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Supporters have left all sorts of well-wishes for Michelle on the page:
Praying for you, Michelle, and your whole family!! No words can portray how deeply saddened I am that you have had to endure this horrible situation. I am praying for not only your physical and emotional healing, but also for justice for you and your baby.
Michelle I have been thinking about you every day, hoping that you are healing physically. I can only imagine how you are feeling emotionally. Sending you love and strength.
God bless you Michelle. No monies could ever take the place of your loss but I hope it helps ease some stress for you. I’m sorry this has happened to you and I pray for you. May god bless you and help you along this rough road.
The GoFundMe page so far has raised nearly $43,000 to help cover Wilkins’ medical expenses.
Unfortunately, prosecutors may not be able to bring charges for the unborn child’s death because Colorado state law does not regard unborn children as human beings who deserve justice when they are killed. In 2013, Colorado Democrats killed a bill that would add the state to the list of more than 25 states that provide justice and protection for pregnant women and unborn children.
Sarah Zagorski, the Executive Director of Colorado Citizens for Life said, “This horrific case highlights the need for an Unborn Victims of Violence law in Colorado, which would recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide. This woman’s baby was viable and suffered a cruel and violent death. Colorado should have laws punishing perpetrators of these innocent, defenseless victims.”
Charges are expected to brought on Friday by the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.
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.”
As LifeNews previously reported, many states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances. Colorado Rep. Janak Joshi supported the 2013 bill and hoped the committee would approve it.
He said, “…Colorado law has a glaring loophole that fails to protect unborn children who are harmed or killed during the commission of a crime. In the past, pro-abortion legislators have tried to dismiss this type of bill as unnecessary. Even though this bill is not about abortion, the radical pro-abortion lobby is pulling out all the stops to defeat this bill. In fact, Planned Parenthood has publicly admitted that they refuse to give even an inch when it comes to protecting pre-born babies.”