Michelle Wilkins experienced a horror that few women will have to endure in their lifetime.
Answering a Craigslist ad about maternity clothes, WPTV reports, the mother-to-be was allegedly assaulted by Dynel Lane and knocked out with a lava lamp.
Once unconscious, prosecutors claim, she then had her child cut out of her womb by Lane, who reportedly later tried to pass the child off as her own.
Wilkins survived the assault, but she’s clearly still heartbroken over the attack, and she’s speaking out about it on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil.
Excerpts from that interview, reported by the Daily Mail on Thursday, tell in heart-wrenching detail what it was like for Michelle Wilkins to have her first and only face-to-face encounter with her daughter, Aurora.
It was in a hospital after the incident. She was allowed to hold the dead child. Wilkins, fighting back tears on the pre-released footage, described Aurora as “the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.”
“And I was just so grateful to have her even for her short and small life. I think she was perfect,” the grief-stricken 26-year-old mom said.
Lane was initially not charged with murder. She pled not guilty to eight felonies, including “first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault in July and is set to go on trial in early 2016,” the Mail notes.
How could Dynel Lane maintain her innocence in the face of the evidence and while being held on $2 million bond? According to reports from police, her decision to cut the baby from Michelle Wilkins’ womb was an act of love for the child.
Lane claims that Wilkins tried to stab her, and so she lashed out in self-defense. She then worried the baby might die after Wilkins had been struck, so she made the decision to remove the child at that point.
Wilkins’ version of events, according to the Dr. Phil interview excerpt, went much differently.
“I started walking toward the door, and she grabbed me very roughly, pushing me deeper into the house towards the bathroom. We jostled a little bit in the hallway as I tried to push my way back towards the door. She’s pushing me deeper into the house. Finally, we get all the way in front of the bathroom and she just lurches me sideways into the back bedroom… We struggle and she keeps telling me that she’s going to call the police on me. I pull out my phone and I said, ‘well I’ll call the police’ and that’s when the real struggle begins and she just throws me to the bed and tries to suffocate me with the pillow, with her hands and it had this nightmarish quality. She broke something over my head and I Just felt the liquid wash over me, and I just kept saying, ‘Why, why are you doing this? Why?'”
Wilkins said that her “core belief” was that love motivates people to act the way they do, so “I told her I loved her, and in turn she stabbed me.”
To the “love” comment, Dynel Lane allegedly had the callous response, “If you love me, you will let me do this.”
Michelle Wilkins had reportedly called 911 herself but remembered very little about what happened next. She awoke in the hospital, unaware of what had happened to her baby.
Do you buy the defense of Dynel Lane that she cut the baby from her mother’s womb in an attempt to save the child’s life? Should she be charged with first-degree murder?
[Image of Michelle Wilkins via personal c/o WPTV, linked above; Image of Dynel Lane via Boulder County, CO, Sheriff’s Office]