Nearly a year has passed since Michelle Wilkins’s unborn child was “removed” from her womb during a heinous attack that occurred after she responded to a Craigslist ad offering free maternity clothes.
On Wednesday, in a courtroom in Boulder, Colo., the 27-year-old quietly and tearfully recounted that harrowing experience for jurors on the first day of her alleged attacker’s trial.
The attack began unexpectedly, Wilkins said, when she found herself in a life-or-death struggle with the woman who stands accused of cutting the 7-month-old fetus out of Wilkins’s abdomen using two kitchen knives. It ended with Wilkins on a basement floor, lying bloodied and barely conscious but with enough wherewithal to pick up her cellphone and dial 911.
As Wilkins recalled the episode in grisly detail, her alleged attacker — 35-year-old Dynel Lane — sat stoically nearby.
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