The victim's family said Thursday she is in critical but stable condition
The husband of a woman suspected of cutting a fetus out of another woman told police he found the baby “gasping” in a bathroom at their home, shortly after the attack, according to court documents obtained by Reuters.
David Ridley said he believed his wife, 34-year-old Dynel Catrece Lane, was really pregnant; and when he returned to their Longmont, Colorado, home on Wednesday. The victim Michelle Wilkins was still bleeding in the basement, unbeknownst to Ridley.
Lane had even arranged a prenatal appointment for the same day as the attack, reports 9NEWS.
“Upstairs, he found his wife covered in blood, and when he asked her what happened, Lane told him she had miscarried her baby,” according to Reuters, citing Lane’s arrest warrant affidavit. Ridley found the victim’s baby in a bathtub.
At the time of the attack, Wilkins was seven months pregnant with a girl, the Boulder County Coroner told Reuters in a statement.
Ridley “rubbed the baby [girl] slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it taking a gasping breath,” the affidavit said. She died soon after.
Ridley took his wife and the baby to the hospital. After they left, the victim managed to call 911, according to 9NEWS. The affidavit said that when Ridley returned home to get the couple’s teenage children, he found the police.
Lane was arrested that day on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse resulting in death.
Police told 9NEWS they found the 26-year-old Wilkins lying in a large pool of blood, with a small knife nearby. “There are some things you can’t un-see, and that is one of them,” an officer said.
Police said that Wilkins had been shopping on Craigslist and came to Lane’s home to buy baby clothes. They are searching for other women who may have responded to Lane’s ad.
According to the affidavit, the attack appeared to have been carried out by someone who researched Cesarean births. Lane was a licensed nurse aide, according to 9NEWS.
She is being held on a $2 million bond and has admitted to the attack, according to documents obtained by Reuters. Formal charges are expected this week.
Wilkins is in critical but stable condition, her family said Thursday.
On Friday, they directed any donations to The Michelle Wilkins Trust Fund, c/o The Kapsak Law Firm, LLC, 1610 Hover St, Suite 203, Longmont, CO 80501.
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