A woman whose unborn baby was savagely cut out of her womb has described the attack which killed her child.
Ms Wilkins, a 27-year-old from Colorado who was eight months pregnant at the time, was attacked while responding to a Craigslist post advertising maternity clothes.
Prosecutors allege that Lane tried to take her baby to cover the fake pregnancy she’d constructed to encourage her partner to stay with her.
A tearful Ms Wilkins took the stand to give her statement in court.
She said: ‘She pinned down my arms with her legs and she was trying so hard to choke me and put the heel of her hand on my windpipe and remember everything going black.’
‘I remember thinking of Aurora and feeling like I really; I just thought of her, and I wanted to survive also for her so I fought back harder.’
She added: ‘I just kept saying “why, why are you doing this?”’
The court heard that Lane, 34, hit Ms Wilkins with a lava lamp, stabbed her in the neck with broken glass and cut out her baby with two kitchen knives.
Following the attack, Ms Wilkins woke up to discover she was bleeding profusely from the abdomen and immediately called emergency services.
The next day she discovered her baby was dead.
Lane’s partner, David Ridley, who is not charged in the case, found the baby in the bath and considered dialling 911 but Lane told him she’d suffered a miscarriage so he took them both to hospital where she later admitted the baby wasn’t hers.
Lane had told Ridley she was pregnant in April 2014 and that she was expecting a boy. She sent him photos of her distended belly and her ultrasound images. But 10 months later when she still hadn’t given birth, he told her he wanted to see a doctor about the baby or he would leave her.
He had planned to meet Lane for a pre-natal appointment on the day of the attack.
When he came to collect her ahead of the appointment, she said she had delivered the baby.
Prosecutors also suggested that Lane had posted pictures to support her fake pregnancy online, such as ones of her with a puffed out stomach, to fool friends – who even threw her a baby shower.
The trial continues.
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