A new mother is suing the hospital after she accidentally smothered her newborn.
According to Oregon Live, Monica Thompon is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8.6 million after she was left unsupervised and ended up killing her 4-day-old son Jacob.
Thompson was heavily medicated with painkillers and sleep aids while Jacob, who was born via C-section in August 2012, was left in the bed with her so she could breastfeed him. KATU shares that Thompson was a first-time mother. When she awoke, she found the newborn not responding. “About an hour later, still drowsy and groggy, Mrs. Thompson noticed her son was unresponsive in her arms,” the lawsuit states.
Jacob suffered brain damage and his parents ultimately removed him from life support six days later. Doctors told them that his comatose state would be irreversible.
The lawsuit is alleging negligence on the part of the hospital for medicating Thompson, placing the newborn in her bed without
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Two Utah parents were arrested after police claimed they gave their newborn daughter drugs to hide that her mother continued using heroin and prescription pain medicine throughout her pregnancy, KUTV reported.
This resulted in their daughter having a drug addiction from the moment she was born, which the parents allegedly concealed by crushing pills of Suboxone—a painkiller used to treat opioid withdrawal—and rubbing the powder on their baby’s gums while hospital staff were out of the room.
Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, were charged with drug distribution and child endangerment for the action after Wilde was arrested for allegedly trying to “return” items at Walmart that had he hadn’t purchased.
When loss prevention employees stopped Wilde and his 2-month-old daughter from leaving the premises, he bolted, eventually handing off his daughter to a stranger before hopping in his car and driving away, KUTV reported.
Police managed to stop his
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A Louisville, Kentucky woman who left her newborn girl in a Kohl’s Department Store restroom trash to die pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday. According toWHAS, Jessica Price originally faced ten years in prison but instead she was given just five years of probation.
Price’s attorney had pleaded for the judge to have mercy on her client, who she says has to live with this every day. Price’s newborn baby was found dead in the bathroom of Kohl’s in August of 2013. The prosecution used a graphic photo of the dead newborn to argue the heinous crime deserved an actual prison sentence.
Price delivered the baby girl during a work shift in the Kohl’s bathroom. The baby was born at full-term and would have survived with even “basic care,” according to a report by the Courier-Journal. According to police interviews filed in court, Price thought the newborn was dead when
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A pair of Arkansas parents have been arrested after their newborn baby suffered over 100 rat bites.
According to PEOPLE, the 15-day-old baby had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery on Sunday. The surgery triggered child endangerment charges against the baby’s parents. Police said that the parents were aware of the rats in their home but did nothing to fix the problem.
Charles Elliot, 18, and Erica Shryock, 19, have both been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and are being held on unspecified bail amounts.
Medical personnel counted at least 100 bites on the 5-pound baby’s arms, hands, and face according to the PEOPLE report. Detectives said that the baby’s skull was visible through one of the wounds on the newborn’s forehead. Police are withholding the child’s gender and name.
Shryock told police the child’s crying woke her up at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, and she found her baby
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