No murder charge in case of baby cut from woman answering Craigslist ad

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DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors say a Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder.

Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, said Thursday night that prosecutors won’t bring the charge in the baby’s death.

But she declined to say why or what charges 34-year-old Dynel Lane will face.

Investigators say 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins was attacked when she went to Lane’s Longmont home in response to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18. Wilkins survived the attack.

Colorado has twice rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide, refusing to join 38 other states and the federal government for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.



  • Heather

    If you are cutting the baby out of a womb, and the baby dies….how is that not murder? I could see if maybe there was a car accident and the baby dies, there is room for debate. However in this situation, Colorado has failed this murdered child!

  • Jenn

    ….CUTTING OPEN AN INNOCENT WOMENS STOMACH TO TAKE HER BABY…then the child dies…not because of the mothers choice but because of some sick minded person….”could” fall under the category of abortion. That is just ridiculous! So messed up, that needs to change.

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