LONGMONT, Colo. - The woman who was beaten and had her baby cut from her womb has been released from the hospital and is in a safe place, according to her family.
"As you might imagine, we're navigating troubled waters one would never want to see in a lifetime," said a GoFundMe website set up for the victim, Michelle Wilkins. "The issues to be dealt with now are coming like tsunamis, but she has family and friends by her side every step of the way (not to mention her beloved dog Jade, who is now permanently glued to her side)."
Wilkins was answering an ad for baby clothes on Craigslist last Wednesday when police said the seller attacked the 7-month pregnant Wilkins, cut open her womb, took her baby girl and left Wilkins bleeding in the basement.
Wilkins managed to call 911 for help and was rescued from the suspect's home.
On Wednesday, Wilkins' family issued a statement that said:
Today marks a week since the brutal attack that nearly cost Michelle her life and ended that of her soon-to-be-born baby Aurora. She is now out of the hospital in a safe location and accompanied by her partner Dan, is taking the first tentative steps along a long journey towards recovery and spiritual reconciliation. She is surrounded by friends and family and wishes to express her deep gratitude for all the expressions of love, kindness, and spiritual solidarity she has received from both the Longmont community and from around the world. Michelle believes her recovery is directly aided by the prayers and positive energy she is receiving.
We cannot predict what lies ahead for Michelle. We have no guidebook on how to navigate this crisis, or a checklist on what to do next. We wish there were. What we can say is that we have all been deeply moved by the many people who have reached out to Michelle and her partner to share their own personal stories of tragedies they’ve endured and how they managed to first just survive and then eventually start to heal. That alone has given us the strength to get up and face each day. You’ve touched our hearts and souls and we thank you so much.
The family added, "for the many people who continue to generously reach out to assist Michelle with her recovery and expenses, they can contribute online at a social media site set up by her family."
There is an official online account created by Michelle's father on the GoFundMe website.
Donations may also be mailed to:
The Michelle Wilkins Trust Fund
C/o The Kapsak Law Firm, LLC
1610 Hover St, Suite 203
Longmont, CO 80501
-- Suspect arrested --
Hours after Wilkins was rushed into surgery at Longmont United Hospital, the suspect showed up at the same hospital with her husband and a deceased baby. Police said the woman, Dynel Lane, told doctors she had a miscarriage.
Police arrested Lane on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death. Formal charges are expected Friday.
Deputy Coroner Derek Rinaldi said an autopsy was completed on the baby Friday, but a ruling on how the baby girl died is pending further investigation. This can include microscopic analysis of tissue along with blood and toxicology testing.