Baby cut from womb: DA wants 126-year sentence

Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 27, 2016

Prosecutors want the woman who faked her pregnancy and attacked a pregnant Longmont woman, cutting the unborn baby from her womb, to be sentenced to 126 years in prison.

In February, Dynel Lane was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. 

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“The People suggest that the court should fashion a sentence that is appropriate for a crime “spree” rather than one criminal act and the sentences should be imposed consecutively to reflect the complexity of the case and the cruel manner in which the crimes were committed,” the District Attorney's Office stated in court documents obtained by Denver7.

“Every one of the eight separate felonies was violent and carried out by the Defendant without mercy or concern for the victims,” prosecutors stated in the sentencing memorandum dated April 27.

Prosecutors said Lane lured a pregnant woman to her home with a Craigslist ad for maternity clothes.

Michelle Wilkins was seven months pregnant when she saw the ad and went to Lane's house on March 18, 2015.

The district attorney says Lane hit Wilkins over the head with a lava lamp and stabbed Wilkins in the neck with the broken glass.

Lane then cut Wilkins' abdomen, took the unborn baby and left Wilkins for dead, prosecutors say.

The baby, later named Aurora, never survived outside the womb, investigators determined.

Lane wasn't charged with murder in the death of the baby. Colorado lawmakers have rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.

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Lane admitted cutting the unborn baby out of Michelle Wilkins' womb, but told police Wilkins attacked her and she fought back in self defense. Lane said she was afraid she had killed Wilkins during the struggle and removed the baby in an attempt to save it.

“It is clear that the Defendant takes no accountability for what she has done and has no remorse for her actions; her main concerns are complaints about the food or other minutiae in jail,” prosecutors stated in the sentencing memorandum.

Prosecutors said they expect Wilkins and her parents to speak at the sentencing hearing on Friday.

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