Woman Gets 100 Years For Cutting Baby From Womb

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A Colorado woman who cut a stranger’s unborn baby from her womb has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.

In 2015, Dynel Lane posted an ad on Craigslist to sell baby clothes, KDVR reports. Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant at the time, responded to the ad and went to Lane’s home.

In her testimony, Wilkins said Lane hit her over the head with a lava lamp and stabbed her in the neck with its broken glass. She then cut Wilkins’ unborn baby from her womb and took the child.

Wilkins was left for dead, yet she survived.

The baby did not, but Lane was not charged with her murder because the coroner found no evidence that the child lived outside the womb, according to CBS News.

In February, Lane was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Judge Maria Berkenkotter referred to the attack as performing a cesarean with a kitchen knife before handing down the 100-year sentence.

Lane’s sentence was broken down by each individual charge, with all but the second-degree assault charge to be served consecutively, KDVR reports.

"I've never seen a case as vicious, as cruel, as deliberate and awful as this," Boulder County district attorney Stan Garnett said. "People are capable of doing horrible things. When that happens, society needs to respond appropriately. In this case, I believe justice was done and we're pleased with the sentencing in this case."

According to Lane’s defense attorneys, an appeal will be filed over the sentence.

Sources: CBS NewsKDVR / Photo credit: CBS News

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