Woman accused of attacking pregnant woman, stealing baby in Longmont, appears in court Thursday

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - The woman accused of using a Craigslist ad to lure a pregnant woman to her home to steal her unborn child appeared in court for the first time Thursday and had bond set at $2 million.

Dynel Lane, 34, is being held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death, all felonies, according to Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur.

The 26-year-old pregnant victim was found calling for help in a home on Green Place in Longmont Wednesday afternoon around 2:40 p.m. When police entered the home, they said they found a woman in the basement who had been beaten and suffered injuries to her stomach.

Police said the woman told them she was seven months pregnant. She said she went to the home to buy baby clothes from someone who had advertised on Craigslist and then she was attacked.

"This is a tragic case for a mother right now," Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur told the Longmont Times-Call.  "She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her."

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

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The victim was taken to Longmont United Hospital where she underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Satur say the suspect also went to Longmont United Hospital with her husband and the deceased baby. She claimed she had a miscarriage.

According to the arrest report, Lane admitted to a detective that she cut open the victim's abdomen to remove it. Staff at the hospital told police the baby would have been viable.

While a judge set Lane's bond at $2 million and issued a protection order for the victim's Wednesday, the final decision on what charges she will face will not be made until next week. The District Attorney's Office wants to complete an autopsy before making that decision.

"The issues involving an unborn child are complicated under Colorado law. In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible. With a case like this, most of the time charges would not need to be filed until sometime next week," said Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.

Attorneys debated a request from the defense to have their own expert present during the autopsy, but the decision was unresolved pending a written submission from the attorneys. 

Police are not commenting on whether the suspect was recently pregnant. 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.

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