The victim was seven months pregnant and looking to buy baby clothes

By Jeff Truesdell
Updated March 19, 2015 02:10 PM
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A pregnant woman who showed up to an address to buy baby clothes advertised for sale on Craigslist was stabbed and the fetus taken from her womb, say police in Longmont, Colorado.

Authorities made the connection and arrested the suspect when she later showed up at the same hospital as the victim, carrying the dead baby and claiming she’d had a miscarriage, reports CBSDenver.

The victim, a 26-year-old Longmont woman who was seven months pregnant, underwent surgery after the incident Wednesday and is expected to survive, Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur told the Times-Call News.

Officers responded to the stabbing report just after 2:40 p.m.

“Officers arrived on scene and could hear a female calling for help inside the home,” Satur said in a statement. “Officers entered the home and located a female who had been beaten and stabbed in the stomach.”

The victim, who was not identified, had been shopping on Craigslist and came to the address to buy baby clothes, Satur told the media.

“This is a tragic case for a mother right now,” Satur said, according to the newspaper. “She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her.”

The alleged assailant is a mother of two whose husband apparently drove her to the hospital and then returned to the scene, Satur said. The husband is not a suspect.

Boulder County Jail records cited by Denver TV station Fox31 identified the suspect as Dynel Lane, 34, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death.

“The issues involving an unborn child are complicated under Colorado law,” Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett told the TV station. “In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible.”

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