A woman has been convicted by a Colorado jury of attempted first degree murder and assault. Allegedly, the women stabbed a pregnant stranger and cut her foetus from her womb.
According to The Washington Post, the woman can get more than 100 years sentence after the jury convicted her of the crime. Dynel Lane, a 35-year-old woman had faked a pregnancy for months before she lured Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont basement promising her free maternity clothes. She then beat her and Michelle became unconscious. Dylen removed her foetus taking the advantage of her unconsciousness. Michelle survived the attack but her baby could not be saved.
Twenty seven-year-old Michelle said that the jury’s decision was “a triumph for justice.” She said, “I do not hate Dynel, but I am angry for all the pain that she caused, It had just never entered my world view that someone could be so cruel.”
She added, “It was a really vulnerable moment where I felt relief and triumph that justice was served — that Aurora was acknowledged in spirit, that the hardship that she went through, the hardship that I went through was seen and acknowledged.”
As reported by The Denver Post, the jury came to the conclusion that Lane intentionally tried to kill Wilkins. However Lane’s public defenders argued that she did not intend to kill Wilkins and committed an impulsive and hasty act. At the same time, both Lane and her attorneys could not explain the strange and cruel attack. Lane did not testify and attorney’s rested their case without any evidences.
The case triggered a debate on the legal status of a foetus as prosecutors did not charge her with murder of the baby. The prosecutors stated that there was no evidence that the foetus lived outside the womb. Colorado republicans initiated legislation that charges with murder if someone is responsible for killing foetus. However, the proposal was rejected by Democratic lawmakers.
Just recently, three Chinese teens were arrested for kidnapping and torture of their classmate in California.