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(LONGMONT, Colo.) — A pregnant woman was attacked after responding to an ad on Craigslist for baby clothes, according to police.

The suspect allegedly lured the seven-months-pregnant woman to a Longmont home Wednesday afternoon, beat her, cut out her baby and stole the child, authorities said. Police say they arrested the suspect when she allegedly arrived at a hospital with the dead child.

The expectant mother was able to call police to come rescue her, and she is being treated for her injuries and is expected to survive, ABC News affiliate KMGH in Denver reported.

The suspect has been identified in the probable cause affidavit as Dynel Catrece Lane, 34.

Lane and her husband allegedly arrived at the Longmont United Hospital, claiming Lane had had a miscarriage, KMGH reported. The husband has not been identified by police and has not been charged in connection with the incident. His role in the alleged attack, if any, is unclear.

Lane reportedly holds an expired nurse’s aide license in Colorado and has at least two other children, KMGH said.

Lane faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first degree assault, and child abuse resulting in death, though more charges may be added in relation to the death of the child. If it’s proven that the attack caused the child’s death, Lane could face a homicide charge.

The victim has not been identified but police told KMGH that she is 26 years old. She was found in the basement of the home where she was attacked. Police said they found that she had been beaten.

Lane is scheduled to make her first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Craigslist has been used several times in the past to lure unsuspecting would-be victims. Last month, a college student in Georgia was killed after authorities said he responded to an ad for an iPhone 6.

Craigslist did not immediately respond to an ABC News’ request for comment.

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