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Relative: Woman accused of cutting out baby had son die

Associated Press

Longmont, Colo. — A relative says a woman accused of stabbing a pregnant stranger in the belly and taking out her unborn baby lost her own child more than a decade ago when he accidentally drowned.

Aaron Cruz, the boy's paternal grandfather, says Dynel Lane's son was 19 months old when he drowned in a shallow pond at her parents' home in Pueblo. Investigators ruled the 2002 death an accident.

Cruz says Lane and her now-ex-husband were devastated by the child's death. But he says Lane seemed to be a good mother and he saw no indication she would be violent.

Lane is accused of luring the expectant mother with a Craigslist ad about baby clothes. The woman, who was seven months pregnant, is expected to survive, but her unborn baby died.

Lane, 34, took the baby to the hospital, saying she had a miscarriage, authorities said. The baby did not survive.

The 26-year-old expectant mother, who was seven months pregnant, was found beaten and stabbed at the suspect's home, Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said. She had undergone surgery, and on Thursday was alert and answering questions, police said.

"This is a tragic case for a mother right now," Satur told the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper. "She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her."

Lane, a mother of two, and the pregnant woman, who was not identified, did not know each other, investigators said. Police are looking for any other mothers who may have responded to Lane's ad for baby clothes.

The suspect was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death.

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office will consider what formal charges to file.

"The issues involving an unborn child are complicated under Colorado law," he told the newspaper. "In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible."