Colorado woman in critical condition after baby is cut from her womb
(9News.com) LONGMONT, Colo. – The woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb and stolen is listed in critical but stable condition, her family said Thursday. The suspect in the case was given a $2 million bond by a Boulder County judge.
Michelle Wilkins, 26, was seven months pregnant with a baby girl when Dynel Lane allegedly cut the child from the victim’s womb at Lane’s Longmont home Wednesday afternoon. The baby did not survive.
According to court documents, the 34-year-old mother of three lured Wilkins to her home after Lane posted a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Officers found a text message on the victim’s cellphone from “Dynel” giving Wilkins the Longmont address.
Police are looking for other mothers who may have responded to the same Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Lane represented herself as “D” or “Dynel” in the ad. They may have gone to her address on Green Place.
Woman accused of cutting out baby
Lane admitted to police she had cut the victim’s abdomen to remove her baby. Police said the victim had been beaten and stabbed in the stomach before the unborn child was removed in the home’s basement. Sources tell 9NEWS there is evidence of stabbing injuries from both a knife and pieces of glass.
Police said hospital officials claimed the incision was “well performed” and would have to have been done by a person who “researched the subject of Cesarean births to achieve the level of accuracy.” Lane was a licensed nurse’s aide for two years in Colorado.
Court documents say Lane told her family she was expecting a baby boy and had arranged to meet her husband, David Ridley, for a pre-natal appointment on Wednesday, the day of the attack. When Ridley got home, he found Lane covered in blood, claiming she had miscarried. She said the baby was upstairs in the bathtub. He ran upstairs and found the child lying in the bathtub, according to an arrest affidavit.
“He rubbed the baby slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath,” the affidavit reads.
He wrapped the baby in a towel, ran downstairs and told Lane they were going to the hospital. Lane told doctors and nurses at the hospital that the deceased child was a miscarriage. Ridley left Lane at the hospital with the baby and ran back home to pick up his stepdaughters, the affidavit reads. When Ridley returned home he found Longmont officers inside.
Victim calls 911 for help
Wilkins had managed to call 911 when Lane and her husband left for the hospital. She told the dispatcher, Beth Kemper, that a woman cut her with a knife and a broken glass and that she was seven months pregnant. Several times, she told the Kemper to hurry. The dispatcher reassured her paramedics were on the way.
Kemper asked her if there was a towel or something nearby to cover and put pressure on the wound. The mother was told not to fall asleep and to stay on the phone.
“You’re worrying about her and what her condition is and then of course, because she said she was pregnant and far along at seven months,” Kemper said. “I was personally surprised how dramatic this call was, and the effects of this call. This was a hard call for people who do my job.”
The call lasted about six minutes before paramedics arrived on the scene.
When police arrived, they found Wilkins in the basement of the home lying in a large amount of blood. Officers found a small knife nearby. Wilkins, who was in and out of consciousness, could barely speak to officers. When they asked her who stabbed her, she said “I only know her as D.”
Wilkins’ father described her as a “strong woman.” The family is grateful for the hospital staff who saved her life. Kemper said Wilkins’ strength and will to live helped rescue crews find her.
“I am incredibly grateful to her and her bravery for giving me the right address,” Kemper said.