LONGMONT, Colo. (KRON) — Police in Colorado have arrested a 34-year-old woman they say stabbed a pregnant woman in the stomach then removed the fetus from her womb.
Longmont police say the victim, a 26-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant, visited a home on the 1600 block of Green Place sometime before 3 p.m. on Wednesday to buy baby clothes that were advertised on Craigslist.
The suspect, Dynel Lane, of Longmont, then attacked the victim and removed her unborn baby. She underwent surgery at a hospital and is expected to recover.
Lane’s relative said she lost her own son more than a decade ago. Lane’s son drowned in a shallow pond at her parents home near Pueblo in 2002. He was just 19 months old at the time. The child’s death was ruled and accident.
“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,” a statement from 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.”
The baby did not survive.
Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said the suspect later arrived at the hospital with the dead baby and told staff she had suffered a miscarriage.
Police said that Lane and the victim, who they have not identified, do not know each other.
She was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse-knowingly and recklessly resulting in death.
Lane is being held in jail and appeared in court Thursday afternoon.