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Woman convicted of cutting stranger's baby from womb

Published 23/02/2016

The jury in Colorado found Dynel Lane guilty of attempted first-degree murder
The jury in Colorado found Dynel Lane guilty of attempted first-degree murder

A woman has been convicted of cutting a stranger's baby from her womb in a gruesome case that reignited the debate over the legal rights of foetuses.

The jury in Boulder, Colorado, found Dynel Lane guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy over last year's attack.

Prosecutors said Lane went to great lengths to convince others she was expecting a baby before luring Michelle Wilkins to her home with an internet ad for maternity clothes.

She then hit and choked Ms Wilkins before using two kitchen knives to cut out the unborn girl.

Ms Wilkins, who was more than seven months pregnant, survived but her baby died.

Prosecutors said they could not charge Lane with murder because a coroner found no evidence the foetus lived outside the womb.

That prompted Republican legislation that would have allowed murder charges for killing a foetus, but Democrats rejected it.

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