BOULDER — In a pain-filled voice frequently drifting into mumbled incoherence, a woman just weeks away from giving birth tells a 911 operator that she is "bleeding out" in the basement of a Longmont house after responding to a Craigslist ad.
"She cut me," the woman tells the operator between moans and heavy breathing. "I'm pregnant."
The 6½-minute call is the anguished account of a woman, who responded to an ad for baby clothes on Wednesday afternoon, only to be attacked by a woman who stabbed her in the belly and "removed" her 7-month-old fetus from her womb, according to police.
The baby did not survive.
According to the police report released Thursday, a doctor at Longmont United Hospital told police, "the person who did the incision would have to have researched the subject of Cesarean Births in books or on-line to achieve the level of accuracy."
Police have arrested Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, as the suspect in the stabbing. Police say Lane stabbed the 26-year-old pregnant woman at her home in the 1600 block of Green Place in Longmont.
"Don't go to sleep," the operator pleads with the woman while assuring her help is on the way.
POLICE REPORT: Arrest report for Dynel Lane
Four minutes into the tape, the victim repeats "Help, help me." She told the dispatcher the stabbing happened when she was "trying to leave."
The victim perks up at the end of the call as police arrive, telling the operator, "Yeah, they're here. They're here."
Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said on Thursday morning that the victim is alert, answering questions and with her family. Officials said the victim and suspect did not know each other.
Lane had her first court appearance Thursday at the Boulder County Jail and is being held on $2 million bond. She was not in the courtroom, but in a side room away from the gallery.
Boulder County assistant district attorney Ryan Brackley said in court that "this was an extremely violent act, a premeditated act."
Lane is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and child abuse knowingly and recklessly resulting in death.
According to the police report, Lane showed her children an ultrasound in December and told them she was having a baby boy.
The report says Lane's husband, David Ridley, came home early Wednesday to take his wife to a prenatal checkup appointment and found a baby in the bathtub.
Lane, who was a Colorado certified nurse's aide from 2010-12, told her husband the baby was hers and that she had a miscarriage. Ridley said he "rubbed the baby slightly then rolled it over to hear and see it take a gasping breath."
He then drove his wife and the baby to the hospital. He left the hospital to return home to get his two stepdaughters, and it was then that he encountered police at the house.
Police located Lane at Longmont United Hospital, where she told staff she had suffered a miscarriage. A Longmont police detective reported seeing no signs of Lane having given birth and Lane refused to submit to an examination.
She was arrested at the hospital at 7:46 p.m. Wednesday.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said Thursday before the hearing that the charges Lane faces so far "are arrest charges only." His office will have to determine formal charges in the case, which he hopes to do next week.
One of the primary questions his office will have to grapple with, Garnett said, is whether the baby cut from the woman's stomach lived independently outside the mother.
He said it's "unclear" how long the fetus would have to live outside the womb to be considered a child.
"It's not a defined time," Garnett said at a news conference.
The baby is scheduled to undergo an autopsy Friday. Lane's public defender asked in court Thursday that an expert witness for the defense be present at the autopsy.
"In this particular case, the cause of death is going to be essential," the public defender said.
Lane, who has a Facebook page under the name Dynel C. Ridley, last posted a message to her page on March 12. She is pictured with a man in several photos in her timeline. On Sept. 30, 2014, a friend posted a comment under one of those photos, congratulating Lane for being pregnant.
"You guys are a cute couple and I am 100% you are going to have just an equally cute baby," the friend wrote.
Lane lists herself on Facebook as an assistant manager at Once Upon a Child, which is a consignment store for used baby clothes. The manager at the Longmont store said Lane had never worked for her — under the name Lane or Ridley. Calls to Once Upon a Child stores in Arvada and Fort Collins yielded the same answer.
Garnett said his office is looking into the suspect's mental health in determining what charges to file.
"We're looking very thoroughly through Ms. Lane's history," he said.
Nearly 13 years ago, Lane lost a 19-month-old son when he drowned in a backyard fish pond, according to a 2002 story published by The Pueblo Chieftain.
The July 3 story stated that Lane, who then went by her married name Dynel Cruz, performed CPR on her son after finding him unconscious in the decorative pond.
The baby boy, named Michael, had two sisters, ages 5 and 3, according to the story. Lane's age at the time was given as 22.
Assistant Pueblo County Sheriff Chip DeLuca told the newspaper that "Michael and his sisters were eating and playing a game while their mother was occupied in another part of the house" when the boy went missing. The boy's father, 26-year-old Jason Cruz, wasn't home at the time.
DeLuca told the Chieftain that "at first glance, this tragedy looks completely accidental," but an investigation into his death was still open at the time.
The newspaper reported that the family had moved to Blende, which lies just east of Pueblo, from Kansas two weeks earlier.
I gotta say, it's fun having a team in your city. I hope you Charlotte boys get one one day. Sure, NY also has the Red Bulls but they play in NJ.
FC should've won last week but Kaka had a last second goal for Orlando to cause the draw. Team is playing its first home game versus NE right now. Their new stadium in the Bronx isn't done yet so they're playing in some wacky version of soccer on the Yankees field, lol. But yeah, I can actually feel close to a soccer team instead of trying to follow an EPL team. David Villa scored today!
CN: NYC public schools to get two days off next year in observance of Muslim holidays.
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.
Under the new policy, the city's 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed during summer school in 2016.
"Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his announcement.
Muslim leaders welcomed the announcement.
"After years of advocating by New York City's Muslim community, Muslim public school students will finally and thankfully no longer be penalized for observing their religious holidays," said Zead Ramadan, a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Linda Sarsour, a Muslim community advocate and public school parent who joined de Blasio for the announcement at a school in Brooklyn, said, "This is what New York City is all about — recognition, inclusion and respect."
Estimates of the number of Muslims living in New York City vary from 600,000 to 1 million.
Community leaders have long urged adding the two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, and the City Council passed a resolution supporting the change in 2009. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposed making the change but de Blasio and the other major candidates who campaigned to succeed Bloomberg in 2013 all said they would implement it. The new calendar will keep the total number of school days unchanged at 182: the state-mandated 180 plus two more in case there are snow days.
New York City public schools have long closed for major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as well as the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday.
Other public school systems that have moved recently to observe Muslim holidays include those in Waterbury, Connecticut and Frederick County, Maryland.