Formal charges delayed for suspect Dynel Lane in Longmont baby stealing case

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - The formal filing of charges has been delayed against the woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting out her unborn baby.

Court document showed Dynel Lane, 34, was originally scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for the formal filing of charges, but that hearing has been delayed until Friday.

Lane was initially arrested on suspicion of three felonies -- attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death. However, the Boulder County District Attorney will have the final say on what charges she will face.

Police say Lane placed an ad on Craigslist offering to sell baby clothes. When Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, arrived at Lane's home on March 18, police said Lane attacked her, beat her, cut open Wilkins' womb, took her baby and left Wilkins bleeding in the basement.

The 26-year-old Wilkins managed to call 911 for help. She was taken to Longmont United Hospital.

Hours later, Lane arrived at the hospital with her husband and a deceased baby, claiming she had a miscarriage.

The autopsy was conducted on the baby Friday. However, Boulder County Deputy Coroner Derek Rinaldi said more investigation is needed before a ruling is made on the cause and manner of death.

This can include microscopic analysis of tissue along with blood and toxicology testing, Rinaldi explained.

Prosecutors are not saying if that is why they have delayed the formal filing of charges against Lane. 

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