Jailed for cutting baby from womb

A woman convicted of attempted murder after cutting a seven-month-old foetus from the womb of an expectant mother has been sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison.

A jury found Dynel Lane guilty in February of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins on 18 March 2015 in the suburb of Longmont in Denver, Colorado.

The 36-year-old was also convicted of four felony assault charges and another felony count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Prosecutors had pressed for the maximum sentence of 188 years.

She had spent months faking a pregnancy before she lured Ms Wilkins, 28, to her apartment with a Craigslist ad for maternity clothes.

Lane bludgeoned Ms Wilkins over the head with a lava lamp and stabbed her in the neck with the broken glass.

She then cut Ms Wilkins’ abdomen, took the unborn baby and left the woman for dead.

The child, later named Aurora, did not survive the attack.

Ms Wilkins addressed her attacker in court on Friday in front of a poster-sized photo of Aurora.

“It is clear that you need healing and I hope that you get it,” Ms Wilkins told Lane.

Prosecutors said they could not charge Lane with murder in the unborn baby’s death because of state law.

Colorado Republicans introduced legislation that would have allowed such a murder charge, but Democrats rejected the measure.

Some 38 US states have made killing a foetus a homicide despite objections from abortion rights supporters.

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