Woman Charged With Cutting Fetus From Womb Pleads Not Guilty

July 23, 2015
The woman accused of cutting the unborn child out of a pregnant stranger's womb earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
The Denver Post reports that Dynel Lane showed little emotion at Thursday's hearing in Boulder County court. Prosecutors say Lane lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her home on March 18 with an online ad selling maternity clothes, attacked the 8-months-pregnant Wilkins and removed the fetus.
Wilkins survived, but her baby did not. Prosecutors could not charge Lane with murder because a coroner found no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb, so they charged her with unlawful termination of a pregnancy. 
Colorado has twice rejected proposals that would make the violent death of an unborn child a homicide, fearing they could interfere with abortion rights.