Woman Accused of Cutting Baby From Womb Found Guilty of Attempted Murder

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BOULDER, Colo. — The woman accused of cutting an unborn baby girl from its mother’s womb in March of 2015 has been found guilty. Dynel Lane, of Longmont, Colorado, was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy, by a Boulder County jury on Tuesday morning.

The 12-person jury received the case late Monday morning and returned a verdict at verdict just before 10 a.m., according to KDVR.

Lane had pleaded not guilty for the March 18, 2015 attack that left Michelle Wilkins‘ unborn daughter, Aurora, dead. Wilkins went to Lane’s home after responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.

Wilkins recounted the attack in testimony on Wednesday. On Thursday, the jury heard from doctors and police as physical and forensic evidence was presented.

Before resting Friday, the prosecution played a taped interview as Lane was questioned by detectives from the Longmont Police Department. On the tape, Lane tells investigators Wilkins had a knife and tried to stab her.

Lane showed little emotion during the trial, which began Wednesday. But when prosecutors played the recording, she cried.

Lane did not testify and the defense rested without calling any witnesses.

Defense attorneys had argued the attack was made impulsively and that it wasn’t planned, and that she should be held accountable for reckless manslaughter and not attempted murder.