Michelle Wilkins is "in a safe location," her family says

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The Colorado woman whose baby girl was cut from her womb during a horrific assault has been released from the hospital, CBS Denver reports.

Michelle Wilkins, 26, was seven months pregnant when Dynel Catrece Lane allegedly stabbed her and removed the fetus last week. Lane – who police say pretended to be pregnant – was arrested March 18 after arriving at the hospital, claiming she had a miscarriage. The baby died.

Wilkins’s loved ones set up a GoFundMe page in her honor that has raised nearly $70,000.

“Today marks a week since the brutal attack that nearly cost Michelle her life and ended that of her soon-to-be-born baby Aurora,” her family said in a statement Thursday. “She is now out of the hospital in a safe location and, accompanied by her partner Dan, is taking the first tentative steps along a long journey towards recovery and spiritual reconciliation.”

The tragedy began when Wilkins connected with Lane, 34, on Craigslist and arrived at her Longmont, Colorado, home to buy baby clothing. After the grisly attack, she managed to call 911.

Lane is set to be formally charged in court Friday, according to ABC 7. Police apprehended her on suspicion of attempted murder, assault and child abuse.

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