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Woman Due In Court In Longmont Unborn Baby Theft

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb is due in court for a hearing to determine if she will stand trial.

A judge is scheduled to hold a preliminary hearing for Dynel Lane Tuesday afternoon in Boulder.

Lane 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 pregnancy. Colorado doesn't have a fetal homicide law and the case reignited debate on the legal rights of fetuses at the state Capitol.

Lane is charged with attempted murder for attacking the mother.

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