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Jury convicts US woman who cut baby from womb

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Boulder (US): Jurors have convicted a Colorado woman of cutting a stranger’s baby from her womb in a case that reignited the debate over the legal rights of fetuses.

The jury found Dynel Lane guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy in last year’s attack.

Prosecutors say Lane went to great lengths to convince others she was expecting a baby before luring Michelle Wilkins to her home with a Craigslist ad for maternity clothes.

She then hit and choked Wilkins before using two kitchen knives to cut out the unborn girl.

Wilkins, who was 7 1/2 months pregnant, survived, but her baby died.

Prosecutors say they couldn’t charge Lane with murder because a coroner found no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb.

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