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LONGMONT, Colo. - A doula active on a private Facebook page for breastfeeding mothers eerily warned that the Longmont woman suspected of cutting a pregnant woman to steal her baby showed warning signs before the attack. (Source: TheDenverChannel)
The suspect, Dynel Lane, was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly luring 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins with a Craigslist ad, then cutting her and cutting her seven-month-old fetus out of her womb.
Friends of Lane and her husband had wondered if her supposed pregnancy was a lie.
One friend of Lane’s husband even discussed her on the breasfeeding moms' Facebook page, seeking advice, according to the report:
"Non bf (breastfeeding) advice needed - I have a friend whose wife is pregnant and he confided on (sic) my fiancé that she refuses to go to the doctor. Her whole pregnancy has been sketchy…She supposedly had a hysterectomy but then got pregnant (which I know CAN happen) and she wouldn't let him go to the doctors with her. Then she was supposedly due mid November then mid December. Here it is mid January and still no baby…I'm confused. Is it considered child endangerment if she won't go to the doctor? I don't know how long it's been but her husband is concerned."
The doula, Elizabeth Petrucelli, specializes in bereavement and is trained to interpret those signs. She did not mince words in her reply.
"This is a RED FLAG for me. She may be attempting to find someone whom she can 'get' a baby from in order to present this to her husband. I know this is all 'conspiracy theory-like' but this should be taken seriously. If she is claiming to be pregnant but has had a hysterectomy, she has an 'ectopic' pregnancy which would require medical intervention in order for the baby to survive AND mom to survive. She has likely made this up, maybe because she is grieving her lost uterus and the fact that she can no longer carry a baby in her womb.
"My concern would be for any pregnant woman being around her because if she is desperate, she may do the unmentionable and harm the mother and take the baby."
TheDenverChannel also reported today that the victim’s family is setting up a trust and there are no existing fund-raisers approved by the family.