7-months-pregnant Colorado woman stabbed and baby ripped from her

Mom expected to recover, but her baby dies

By Dave Andrusko

Dynel Lane (Courtesy of Longmont Police)

Dynel Lane (Courtesy of Longmont Police)

It had that horribly familiar sound, the kind that hits you in the pit of your stomach.

Responding to an ad on Craig’s List for baby clothes, a woman seven months pregnant is lured to a home where she is beaten and stabbed and her baby “removed”—cut from her womb.

Longmont (Colorado) Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur identified the suspect this morning as Dynel Lane. Lane was arrested Wednesday night at 7:45 p.m. at Longmont United Hospital “on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death,” according to the Denver Post’s Alex Burness and John Bear.

Lane had gone to the hospital with the baby, telling staff she had suffered a miscarriage.

Tragically, the baby died. Following surgery, the unidentified 26-year-old mother is, miraculously, expected to recover.

According to the Post, when the Longmont mother showed up to buy the baby clothes, Lane beat and stabbed her and then brutally cut the baby out.

Meanwhile police responded to a stabbing call at about 2:45 p.m.

“Satur said officers arrived on the scene and could hear a woman calling for help inside the home,” Burness and Bear reported. “They entered and found the victim, who had been beaten and stabbed in the stomach with a knife.”

Although he is not a suspect, the alleged assailant’s husband “apparently drove her and the baby to the hospital and then returned to the scene later,” the Post reported. “He was escorted to the hospital but has not been arrested and is not a suspect, Satur said.”

Lane has two children, the Post reported. She and the baby’s mother did not know each other, the police told the Post.

“This is a tragic case for a mother right now,” Satur said. “She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her.”

“The issues involving an unborn child are complicated under Colorado law,” Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said. “In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible. With a case like this, most of the time charges would not need to be filed until sometime next week.”

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