Family describes stabbed pregnant mom as 'strong woman'

LONGMONT - According to police, the woman who was stabbed and had her unborn baby girl taken out of her womb by another woman is recovering in the hospital.

Longmont Police said 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins is alert and answering police questions with her family around her. Her baby died during the crime.

Wilkins' father described her as a "strong woman" and she is working with hospital officials to put out a statement. The family is grateful for the hospital staff who saved her life.

The 34-year-old woman who is suspected stabbed the pregnant woman has her first court appearance on Thursday.

Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said the suspect - later identified as Dynel Catrece Lane - showed up at an area hospital with the deceased baby, claiming she had a miscarriage. Satur said Lane's husband drove her to the emergency room, thinking the child was alive. He said the husband is not considered a suspect.

The ambush happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lane's home in the 1600 block of Green Place in Longmont. Satur said Lane and victim did not know each other prior to this incident. The victim was responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and came alone to the home.

"We've made some requests of Craigslist to try to freeze that account," Satur said. "At this point, we don't want to give away too much, because we don't want it removed."

Police are looking for other mothers who may have responded to the same Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Lane represented herself as "D" or "Dynel" in the ad. They may have gone to her address on Green Place.

Police said the victim had been beaten and stabbed in the stomach before the unborn child was removed. Sources tell 9NEWS there is evidence of stabbing injuries from both a knife and pieces of glass.

When officers arrived on scene at the Green Place home, they could hear the mother calling for help from inside the house. She was taken to the Longmont United Hospital and underwent surgery.

Police have not determined a motive. Lane has two children of her own. It's not clear if anyone other than Lane and the victim were in the home at the time of the attack.

Lane was booked into the Boulder County Jail and is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse resulting in death. She could face different or additional charges later.

9NEWS ran a background check on Lane and found a misdemeanor conviction for a minor, non-violent charge in Lakewood in 2012. 9NEWS Investigative Reporter Chris Vanderveen discovered she held a license as a certified nurses aide from 2010 to 2012 in Colorado. Her license with the state indicates no disciplinary action, so it seems at this time that she simply let her license lapse.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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