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Woman Accused Of Cutting Baby From Womb Will Stand Trial

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge has determined that a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb will stand trial.

Dynel Lane appeared in court for her preliminary hearing in Boulder on Tuesday. She is accused of attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.

Wilkins survived the March 18 attack, but the baby girl did not.

Michelle Wilkins
Michelle Wilkins (credit: Wilkins Family)

Since prosecutors say there is no evidence the baby lived outside the womb, Lane was charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Colorado does not have a fetal homicide law and the case reignited debate at the state Capitol on the legal rights of fetuses.

Lane is charged with attempted murder for attacking the mother.

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