Detroit EMT Allegedly Refused to Help Dying Baby

Ann Marie Thomas was fired on Wednesday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2015 8:02 AM CDT

A Detroit EMT has lost her job; a Detroit mother has lost something infinitely more precious. Detroit Police Commissioner Edsel Jenkins on Wednesday announced that Ann Marie Thomas was fired after allegedly refusing to respond to a call made by a mother whose 8-month-old girl had stopped breathing. The child, born premature and on an oxygen machine, was being given CPR by the mother. WDIV has the alleged timeline: It reports that Thomas was 0.9 miles from the home when she was ordered there on May 30; under normal driving conditions that would have been a two-minute drive, but Thomas allegedly took six minutes to get there and reported to dispatchers that she was parked "around the corner from the scene." WDIV reports she allegedly wanted to wait for another crew to arrive.

"33, I’m going to need you to make that scene," said the Detroit Fire EMS supervisor, per records obtained by WDIV. "You’re going to have to make patient contact." Per the dispatch records, she didn't, and WDIV cites a report that has Thomas making the following remark: "I'm not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get." It took 19 minutes for another crew to arrive. The baby was eventually taken to the hospital but died the next day. No word as to whether criminal charges will be filed, but MLive notes a Detroit police dispatcher was charged with misdemeanor willful neglect of duty two years ago after a woman called 911 six times as an argument turned dangerous; it took more than an hour for the dispatcher to reassign cops to the case. The woman was shot but survived. (Read more 911 call stories.)

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