Colorado woman who cut baby from stranger's womb convicted

Фев 24, 2016, 05:55

A Colorado jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from another woman's womb.

The jury found Dynel Lane guilty on all seven counts, including attempt to commit first-degree murder.

From left, Defense attorneys Kathryn Herold and Jen Beck stand with Dynel Lane as the jury leaves a Boulder District courtroom after announcing a guilty verdict in Lane's trial Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colo.

Jurors convicted a Colorado woman Tuesday of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and multiple assault charges after she cut an unborn baby from the stomach of a pregnant woman she met through Craigslist. Judge Maria Berkenkotter ordered her held until sentencing, set for April 29.

911 tapes were also replayed to explain that Lane changes her story to law enforcement. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said prosecutors have not determined the prison sentence they will seek but it could amount to more than 100 years.

When Lane's husband came home, she told him she had a miscarriage, and he rushed her and Wilkins' dead fetus to the hospital. "I hope she finds the opportunity to reflect on what she did". "But I don't need her to apologize because I don't think I'll ever get that from her".

Wilkins said she will be at the sentencing hearing, but does not anticipate getting many answers from Lane.

She wasn't charged with murder in the death of the baby.

Lane had posted online photos of herself with a distended belly and sent the man she said was the father of her child ultrasound images downloaded from the Internet.

Authorities say Lane hit and choked Wilkins until she was unconscious, then used a knife to cut out the fetus.

Just before the attack, Lane's boyfriend informed her he would leave her unless he got definitive proof she was pregnant due to the fact that she had been claiming she was with child for 14 months at that point. Jurors in the case offered Wilkins hugs before leaving the courthouse grounds. Prosecutors filed a charge of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and not murder, against Lane after the Boulder County Coroner ruled the unborn child was a fetus rather than a baby because it had not taken a breath outside the womb.

Lane was a certified nurse aide starting July 1, 2010, and her license expired on January 31, 2012, with no history of discipline or board actions, according to records with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Wilkins regained consciousness and called police.

Michelle Wilkins testifies during the trial. "For the time being, I am going to take care of myself and surround myself with family and friends". The dispatcher kept Wilkins on the phone for about six minutes, asking her to press a towel or anything else nearby on the wound until officers arrived at the scene "Don't go to sleep", the dispatcher repeatedly said.

She switched blades halfway through when she realized the first was too long and could cut the baby, he said.