Woman charged with cutting fetus from stranger's womb pleads not guilty to attempted murder

The woman accused of cutting the unborn child out of a pregnant stranger's womb earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

The Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/pjpdyjr ) reports that Dynel Lane showed little emotion at Thursday's hearing in Boulder County court. Prosecutors say Lane lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her home on March 18 with an online ad selling maternity clothes, attacked the 8-months-pregnant Wilkins and removed the fetus.

Wilkins survived, but her baby did not. Prosecutors could not charge Lane with murder because a coroner found no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb, so they charged her with unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Colorado has twice rejected proposals that would make the violent death of an unborn child a homicide, fearing they could interfere with abortion rights.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com