LONGMONT, Colo. (KRON) — A relative of the woman accused of stabbing a pregnant stranger and cutting the woman’s unborn baby from her stomach said that Dynel Lane lost her own son more than a decade ago.
Lane’s son drowned in a shallow pond at her parents home near Pueblo in 2002.
He was just 19 months old at the time.
The child’s death was ruled and accident.
The baby’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Cruz, said that Lane and her then-husband were devastated by the loss of their son.
They already had two daughters together and had been trying for a boy.
Relatives had a hard time believing that 34-year-old Lane is accused of luring a pregnant woman to her home through a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and then stealing her unborn child.
Longmont Police say that on Wednesday Lane told her husband that she had suffered a miscarriage.
Her husband rushed Lane and the baby to the hospital.
The baby, just 7 months old, did not survive.
The baby’s mother was found beaten and stabbed at Lane’s Longmont house.
The 26-year-old expectant mother was able to call 911, but was barely conscious when officers arrived.
In the 911 call, the woman told dispatchers that she had been stabbed and pleaded for help.
“She cut me,” the woman says, later adding, “I’m pregnant.”
“Please help me,” she says. “Help, help.”
She was taken to the hospital and by Thursday was alert and answering questions.
The mother told police that she was responding to a Craiglist ad and was attacked when she got into the house.
By the time police got to the house, Lane had already left.
Detectives said that Lane and the pregnant woman did not know each other.
They think that other mothers may have responded to Lane’s ad for baby clothes.
Lane 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,” said Garnett. “In most circumstances, if a child was not actually born alive, then homicide charges are not possible.”
A July 2002 obituary for Lane’s son, Michael Alexander Cruz, in the Pueblo Chieftan said the boy loved playing with his sisters, cousins and friends and had just learn to sing his first song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
Lane’s then-husband wasn’t home at the time of the drowning, the newspaper reported at the time. She and their two daughters, then 5 and 3, searched for the boy until they found him in the fish pond.
He had been playing a game with his sisters while their mother was busy in another part of the house, the newspaper said.