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LONGMONT, Colo. - The family of Michelle Wilkins, the woman who was 7 months pregnant and had her baby cut from her womb in a Longmont attack, spoke out Thursday and thanked the public for their support.
The baby did not survive the attack.
Wilkins, 26, was taken to Longmont United Hospital where she underwent surgery and is expected to recover.
Police say she is alert, answering questions and is with her family.
Her family released the following statement:
"Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of sympathy and support. Longmont first responders and the United Hospital staff saved our daughter's life for which we will always be grateful. We grieve for the many victims of this senseless attack, but mostly for a precious child whose life was ended before she had a chance to live. Finally, we hope to have additional information tomorrow for those who have generously offered to support Michelle's recovery."
The attack suspect, Dynel Lane, appeared in court on Thursday where her bond was set at $2 million. A judge also issued a protection order that bars the suspect from any contact with the victim.
Lane's arrest report indicates that she was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse, assault and murder. However, the decision on what charges she will actually face will be made by Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.