The decision not to charge a Colorado woman with murder for the death of an unborn seven-month-old baby has reinvigorated a debate over when states should legally recognize a fetus as a human being.
Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting and removing a seven-month-old baby from a mother’s body, will not face murder charges, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office said on Thursday.
Michelle Wilkins was brutally attacked on March 18 when she responded to a Craig’s List advertisement in Longmont, Co., from a woman selling baby clothes out of her apartment.
Investigators say that when Wilkins, 26, arrived to the apartment, Lane, who according to The Denver Post was a certified nurse’s aide from 2010 to 2012, stabbed Wilkins in the stomach and removed the fetus from her womb.
Tragically, the seven-month-old baby died as a result of the attack, while Wilkins survived after spending over a week in the hospital.