Dynel Lane will not be charged with murder in attack on pregnant woman whose baby died

By Dave Andrusko

Michelle Wilkins (Facebook)

Michelle Wilkins (Facebook)

The Washington Post is reporting this afternoon that murder charges will not be filed against Dynel Lane, accused of stabbing Michelle Wilkins last week and cutting out her 7-month-old unborn child.

Tragically, the child, who was to be named Aurora, died. Ms. Wilkins ,26, miraculously survived the attack and has left the hospital in Longmont, Colorado.

Last week Boulder County District Attorney Stanley Garnett told reporters

“The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving a death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue. Under Colorado law, essentially there is no way murder charges can be brought if it’s not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time.”

According to the Post’s Abby Ohlheiser, the newspaper received a statement today describing the results of the autopsy.

“At this time neither the autopsy or the investigation have provided any evidence that the baby exhibited any signs of life outside of the womb, therefore the circumstance is not being considered a live birth. …No evidence of trauma or injuries were found on the body.”

“The office will release final autopsy results when the investigation is finished, which could take six to eight weeks,” according to Ohlheiser.

Lane, 34 and the mother of two, is being held on $2 million bond. Formal charges will be lodged this afternoon.

The unsuspecting Wilkins was seven months pregnant when she answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes March 18. At some point after Wilkens arrived, Lane stabbed her several times in the stomach with a knife and a piece of broken glass, police said. Lane then cut Wilkins’s baby from her body.

According to the criminal complaint, Lane’s husband, David Ridley, was unaware of what his wife had done when he came home. She had told him she was pregnant and when he came home and saw her drenched in blood, Lane told her husband she had miscarried.

Ridley went upstairs and found the baby in the bathtub. He told police the baby was alive.

“He rubbed the baby slightly, then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath,” according to the complaint.

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.

Dynel Lane is seen exiting the courtroom area after her first appearance on Thursday, March 19, 2015,at the Boulder County Jail, in Boulder, Colo. (The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso/Associated Press)

Dynel Lane is seen exiting the courtroom area after her first appearance on Thursday, March 19, 2015,at the Boulder County Jail, in Boulder, Colo. (The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso/Associated Press)

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 Denver Post.

Meanwhile, Wilkins managed to place a 911 call. Longmont 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.”

“She was barely conscious. It was very hard to keep her attention at the moment,” officer Billy Sawyer told CNN’s Erin Burnett. ”And she was covered in blood. It was one of the most horrific crime scenes I have seen.”

Nonetheless Wilkens was able to tell Sawyer what had happened to her. At that point, she did not know that she had lost her baby.

Another bizarre detail has emerged. Lane was registered with the state as having an expired nurses’ aide license.

Lane was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder, first degree assault, and child abuse resulting in death.