Pregnant woman’s baby cut from womb after answering Craigslist ad; suspect ID’d

LONGMONT, Colo. — A 26-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant is recovering in the hospital after she was stabbed while answering a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and her fetus was cut from the womb, the Longmont Police Department said.

Officers were called to the 1600 block of Green Place at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday on a reported stabbing.

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

“It was later learned, the female was pregnant and her baby had been removed. The victim was transported to the Longmont United Hospital where she underwent surgery and is expected to recover.”

Police said the 34-year-old suspect, identified by Boulder County Jail records as Dynel Catrece Lane, went to a hospital with the baby claiming a miscarriage. The baby did not survive.

Police said her husband drove her and the baby to the hospital, but it’s not clear if he was inside the home when the attack happened. The husband is not under arrest.

Police said the victim, who has not been identified, went to the suspect’s house to buy some baby clothes she found in an ad on Craigslist. She underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Lane was arrested on a number of felony charges, including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/reckless resulting in death. She is due in court Thursday. A baby registry in Lane’s name showed she was pregnant last year and due to give birth in November.

Lane previously held a certified nurse’s aide credential, according to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. She held the credential from 2010 until it expired in January 2012. She had no discipline actions taken against her.

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office will determine which charges to file.

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