Colorado woman accused of cutting fetus from stranger due in court

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Posted: Mar 19, 2015 12:09 PM

By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman was due in court on Thursday accused of cutting a fetus out of another woman's womb after luring her with a Craigslist ad, then taking it to a hospital and claiming to have had a miscarriage.

Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, was booked into Boulder County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless child abuse resulting in death, online jail records showed.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing on Wednesday at a home in Longmont, 30 miles north of Denver, where they found a woman crying for help after being beaten and stabbed in the torso.

The victim said she was pregnant and that an attacker had "removed" her baby. She said she had gone to the house after seeing a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.

The victim, who was not identified, is expected to survive after surgery at a hospital, police said.

Some time later, the authorities said, a 34-year-old woman showed up at the same hospital carrying the fetus and told staff she had suffered a miscarriage.

Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said that when officers made the connection, they took her into custody. Police have said the two women did not know each other.

Citing state records, the Denver Post reported that Lane had been a certified nurse's aid but that her license expired in 2012. The newspaper also published a link to an online baby registry in the name of a Dynel Lane from Colorado, with a due date of Nov. 14, 2014.

(Additional reporting and writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Bill Trott)