A nurses’ aide has been arrested after a pregnant woman’s unborn child was cut out of her body after the victim answered a Craigslist ad. The suspect has been named as 34-year-old Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, of Longmont, Colorado, who lost a baby son to drowning in 2002.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. After Cutting Out the Fetus, the Suspect Went to a Hospital Claiming She’d Had a Miscarriage
Police say that at 2:45 p.m. on March 18, the 26-year-old victim went to Dynel Lane’s home to answer a Craigslist ad about baby clothes. When the victim got there, police say Lane stabbed the pregnant woman and cut out her womb. You can listen to the 911 call made by the victim here:
According to local police Commander Jeff Satur, the victim had also been beaten up. The baby did not survive. The pregnant woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for stab wounds. She underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Soon after the attack, the pregnant woman arrived at the hospital by ambulance. Cops say that Lane later arrived at the same hospital with her husband and the fetus. The suspect told hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage. She was then questioned by police and arrested. Lane and the victim do not know each other. Lane’s husband has not been charged with a crime and is not considered a suspect, reports the Daily Camera.
2. Her 19-Month-Old Son Drowned in on July 4, 2002
On the online baby registry site, The Bump, a listing for a Dynel Lane from Colorado says that she has a baby due on November 14, 2014. She was registered at a Target store. The Denver Post reports that Lane has two children. Police believe that Lane has mental problems. Her son, Michael Alexander Cruz, was killed when he drowned in a pond on July 4, 2002, according to his obituary. The obit reads that he was just 19 months old and had just learned how to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” He was known as “Little Mac” to his family. His funeral was held a Jehovah’s Witness hall in Pueblo, Colorado. The obit lists Dynel as “Dynel Cruz” and her husband as “Jason D. Cruz.” It adds that the couple have two daughters.
3. Lane Isn’t Being Charged With Murder
Boulder County Jail records show that Lane is being charged with attempted first-degree murder and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death. She will appear in court on the afternoon of March 19, reports the Longmont Times-Call. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garrett told the media that the charges may be expanded. Garrett said, “The issues involving an unborn child are complicated under Colorado law. In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible. With a case like this, most of the time charges would not need to be filed until sometime next week.” You can read the full arrest report here:
4. Lane’s Nurses’ Aide License Expired in 2012
The Denver Channel reports that Lane was the holder of an expired nurses’ aide license. The license was issued in 2010 and expired in 2012. According to online voting records, Lane was a resident of Golden, Colorado, the last time she voted. Golden is located about 30 miles south of Longmont.
5. Cops Across America Have Been Setting Up ‘Safe Zones’ for People Answering Craigslist Ads
Earlier in March 2015, police in Illinois announced the setting up of “safe zones” for those responding to Craigslist ads, reported the Chicago Tribune. This was due to the growing number of crimes perpetrated through the site. In January 2015, an elderly couple, Bud and June Runion, were killed after they answered a Craigslist ad about a vintage car. A man named Jay Towns was arrested in relation to the deaths.