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

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Dynel Lane is accused of stabbing Wilkins, who was 7 months pregnant, removing the baby girl and taking the fetus to the hospital, claiming she had a miscarriage. Dynel Lane is accused of stabbing Wilkins, who was 7 months pregnant, removing the baby girl and taking the fetus to the hospital, claiming she had a miscarriage.
DENVER -

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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