By Dave Andrusko
More details are coming in filling out the ghastly picture of what happen Wednesday when a 7-month-pregnant woman was beaten and stabbed and her baby literally cut out of her.
The victim called 911 for help and miraculously survived. Her baby, tragically, did not.
The woman was responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.
The woman’s name has been released: Michelle Wilkins. Wilkins is in critical but stable condition.
The alleged assailant, Dynel Lane, is facing multiple charges and a bail of $2 million has been set. The outstanding issue is whether she will be charged with murder for the death of the baby.
In the first stories that came out, Lane’s husband, David Ridley, reportedly drove her to the hospital.
According to the Denver Post, Ridley thought Lane was pregnant. (Lane’s daughters told police that back in December their mother showed them an ultrasound of a baby boy she said she was carrying.)
Ridley told authorities that when he came home Wednesday afternoon and started downstairs, he did not know the victim whom Lane had attacked was in the basement. But his wife emerged first.
How did Lane explain all the blood on the floor?
According to the Post, Lane said she had just miscarried and the baby was in a tub upstairs. The Post’s Megan Keneally writes that Ridley
ran upstairs and “found a small baby lying in the bathtub,” the police report states. “He rubbed the baby slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath.”
That latter detail is obviously very important. It would indicate that baby was born alive.
The arrest report states that Ridley rushed the baby and his wife to Longmont United Hospital where Lane was taken to the emergency room with the baby in her arms.
The arrest report states that Lane refused to let the hospital staff examine her. “The report states that she then ‘admitted’ to a police officer ‘that she cut [the victim’s] abdomen open to remove,’” according to the Post.
Meanwhile, Wilkins managed to place a 911 call. Longmont (Colorado) Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur “said officers arrived on the scene and could hear a woman calling for help inside the home,” the Post reported. “They entered and found the victim, who had been beaten and stabbed in the stomach with a knife.”
Another bizarre detail has emerged. Lane was registered with the state as having an expired nurses’ aide license.
When the victim was transported to the hospital after calling 911 at 2:39 p.m., she was examined by a doctor in the emergency room who told police that the incision in her abdomen “appeared to be well performed,” the police report states.
The doctor “stated the person who did the incision would have to have researched the subject of Cesarean births in books or on-line to achieve the level of accuracy,” the police report states.
Lane is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first degree assault, and child abuse resulting in death. More charges may be added in relation to the death of the child.
At a Thursday press conference District Attorney Stan Garnett said,
“Under Colorado law essentially there’s no way that murder charges can be brought unless …[it is] established that the fetus lived outside the mother.”
Also on Thursday Michelle Wilkins’ family released a statement that said in part, “We grieve for the many victims of this senseless attack, but mostly for a precious child whose life was ended before she had a chance to live.”