Woman who cut baby from strangerís womb in gruesome attack jailed for 100 years

A WOMAN who cut a baby out of a stranger's womb in a horror attack which nearly killed the expectant mother has been jailed for 100 years.

Dynel Lane, of Colorado, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy following the gruesome attack.

Lane, 36, lured, Michelle Wilkins to her home with an ad for maternity clothes before launching the horrifying attack in March 2015.

Jurors earlier heard how Lane went to elaborate lengths to feign her own pregnancy before attacking Wilkins.

Lane even posted photos of herself with a distended stomach and showed off ultrasound images downloaded from the internet.

David Ridley, who lived with Lane and her two daughters, testified at trial that Lane claimed for more than a year that she was expecting a boy.

Friends even threw a baby shower.

Ridley had grown suspicious by the time Lane lured Wilkins to her home.

Michelle Wilkins testified she chatted for about an hour with her attacker before she hit, pushed and tried to choke her, then used two kitchen knives to cut the baby from her womb.

When Ridley came home early from work that day to meet Lane for a doctorís appointment, he said he found the baby in the bath and drove the child and Lane to a hospital, where she begged staff to save her baby.

Jurors did not hear that in 2002, Laneís 19-month-old son drowned in what investigators ruled was an accident.

Relatives who spoke on Laneís behalf before the sentencing said her remorse over losing her son may have led her to take an action they could not understand or explain.

Laneís attorneys did not dispute that she attacked Mrs Wilkins, but they argued there was no evidence it was a calculated murder attempt.

They urged jurors to convict Lane of the lesser charge of attempted manslaughter.

Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the harshest sentences for the most serious charges were justified by the brutality of the attack.

She sentenced Lane to 48 years for attempted murder and 32 years for unlawful termination of a pregnancy. The remainder of her sentence was for assault charges in the attack.

Prosecutors said they were unable to charge Lane with murdering the unborn girl because a coroner found no evidence the baby lived outside the womb.

In court, Wilkins had directed her words to Lane, who sat straight and showed no emotion as her victim spoke.

Lane cried later in the hearing when a letter from one of her two daughters expressing love was read.

Woman who cut baby from stranger?s womb in gruesome attack jailed for 100 years