Coroner: Baby cut from Colorado mother’s womb not born alive

Assistant Boulder County District Attorney Ryan Brackley speaks with the media following the first appearance of Dynel Lane on Thursday, March 19, at the Boulder County Jail, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say there’s no evidence a baby cut from her mother by a stranger was alive outside the womb.

Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall said Friday investigators found no trauma or injuries to the baby girl, whose mother was about eight months pregnant.

The coroner’s findings support the district attorney’s decision not to file murder charges against the woman accused in the gruesome attack, 34-year-old Dynel Lane. Under Colorado law, a person can be charged with murdering a baby only if there’s evidence the baby survived apart from its mother.

The case revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

 

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