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 now met the police officer who rescued her.
Dynel Catrece Lane was arrested after she attacked Michelle Wilkins and cut her 7-month-old unborn baby named Aurora from her womb. Aurora died as a result of the attack and Wilkins has since recovered and left the hospital.
CNN’s Erin Burnett interviewed one of the two Longmont, Colorado, police officers who responded to a call from Wilkins, who was weak and in shock when they arrived.
“She was barely conscious. It was very hard to keep her attention at the moment,” Billy Sawyer told Burnett. ” And she was covered in blood. It was one of the most horrific crime scenes I have seen.”
Nonetheless she was able to tell Sawyer what had happened to her. At that point, she did not know that she had lost her baby.
Now, Wilkins has met Sawyer again and had the opportunity to thank him for rescuing her.
Wilkins posted a message on Facebook this week that said, “I want to thank my heroes again, the first responders, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers. They save lives everyday and I never imagined a day when I would need them too but I can’t thank them enough for being there for me. I am also pleased the police department is being honored for the tough job they face everyday. Congratulations!”
“Also, I want to share that I am recovering and a special visit from one of my heroes is keeping my spirit up too! Thanks Bill Sawyer,” Wilkins wrote.
Wilkins posted a picture of herself with Billy Sawyer.
In the interview with CNN, Sawyer gave Wilkins all the credit to her survival, “She’s an amazing woman to have that will and that drive to survive and do what she did and be able to contact the police and tell us where she was at, where inside of that location she was at, and speak to me as I entered the residence, direct me to her location. I mean, she is the only reason why she’s alive right now.”
Lane will not face murder charges as a result of killing Aurora and Colorado lawmakers are working on legislation to change the law to allow such charges in the future. That’s because the state lacks an unborn victims law to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure unborn children in such criminal attacks.
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. Pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood and NARAL opposed the bill – the very groups that endorsed Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett in his race for attorney general. Garnett is the county prosecutor who is not bringing forth murder charges against lane for killing Wilkin’s unborn baby.
Current state law in these kinds of cases is governed by a 2013 law called the Unlawful Termination of a Pregnancy Act, that merely attaches a sentence enhancement for crimes against pregnant women — while ignoring the death of or injury to the unborn baby. That law provides no justice for 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.”