A former nurse’s aide will not face murder charges for allegedly cutting and removing an unborn baby from the mother’s womb, Boulder County, Colorado, prosecutor Stanley Garnett said Thursday.
The mother, Michelle Wilkins, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18.
When she arrived at the purported seller’s home in Longmont, she was attacked, beaten, cut open and her fetus was removed. The baby did not survive.
Wilkins was treated at a hospital and later released.
The alleged attacker, Dynel Lane, 34, has been held on $2 million bond.
While the attack on Wilkins has shocked her community for its brutality, many have also remarked on the 26-year-old’s strength.
Bleeding and stunned in a stranger’s basement, Wilkins managed to lock herself in a room to prevent any further violence, called 911 and did what she could to stem the bleeding.
Police officers Billy Sawyer and Phil Piotrowski, who responded to the call, told CNN affiliate KDVR they weren’t prepared for the grisly scene.
“She was covered from head to toe in blood,” Sawyer said.
Piotrowski told the station that Wilkins “saved her own life,” describing her as ” probably one of the strongest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.”
Wilkins’ family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her care. A note on the page said that she’s “in a safe location” and “surrounded by family and friends.”
More than $73,000 of the $75,000 goal have been raised so far.