Stranger stabs pregnant woman, removes baby, goes to hospital with dead infant & claims miscarriage

Victim was answering Criaglist ad for baby clothes

LONGMONT, Colo. - An unborn baby was cut out of a 26-year-old pregnant woman's womb Wednesday after she stopped at a house in Longmont to buy baby clothes from someone on Craigslist. Police say the female suspect later brought the deceased baby to the hospital and claimed to have had a miscarriage.

Dynel Lane, 34, allegedly used the online ad for baby clothes to lure the pregnant woman to her home in the 1600 block of Green Place. The victim, who told police she was seven months pregnant, was allegedly beaten and stabbed inside that house.

"It's her house," the victim said during a 911 call. "I responded to a Craigslist ad."

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Alone inside the home, the victim called 911. When officers arrived at approximately 2:41 p.m., they could hear a woman calling for help from inside.

"The officer did an incredible job today," Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said. "He got here with limited information, heard her calling for help and went in and found her and got her out of the house."

The victim was found in the basement and taken to Longmont United Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is expected to recover.

The suspect and victim were not known to each other prior to this incident, Satur said.

Lane allegedly showed up at the same hospital with her husband and the deceased baby. She claimed she had a miscarriage and Satur said her husband believed that story.

Lane was arrested at 7:46 PM at the Longmont United Hospital and was transported to the Boulder County Jail. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance from there on Thursday afternoon.

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The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly resulting in death. The decision on the charges she will face in court, however, must be determined by the District Attorney. 

He says that his decision will be informed by the results of an autopsy scheduled for Friday. 

"The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving the death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue," DA Stan Garnett said. "Under Colorado law, there's no way murder charges can be brought if it is not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time. I don't know the answer yet as to whether that could be established – what our facts are here. One of the issues that we will need to evaluate in connection with that is the medical information from the autopsy."

Police are not commenting on whether the suspect was recently pregnant. 7NEWS found a Dynel Lane who registered on a pregnancy website and a baby registry saying her baby was due Nov. 14, 2014.

7NEWS learned the suspect has at least two children who live at the home but it was not known if they were home at the time of the attack.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home on Green Place and entered it again just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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