A former Detroit, Michigan, EMT who allegedly refused to help an 8-month-old baby is facing charges for the fatal 2015 incident.
The Detroit News reported that prosecutors accused Ann Marie Thomas, 45, of intentionally delaying her response to a medical call on May 30, 2015. While en route, Thomas is said to have parked the vehicle a mile away from the home.
A 911 dispatcher reportedly told Thomas that 8-month-old i’Nayah Wright-Trussel was unresponsive and stopped breathing.
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A civil lawsuit filed by the deceased child’s estate claimed that “Thomas then waited six minutes before telling dispatchers that she didn’t want to help.
“I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.'”
Though the dispatcher pleaded with the 45-year-old to help the baby, mLive reported that another ambulance arrived and transported Wright-Trussel to a hospital, where she died the next morning.
The Detroit Fire Department (DFD) EMT was fired on June 24, 2015.
The 45-year-old was charged with misdemeanor willful neglect of duty. She faces up to a year in prison if convicted.
The charges come almost two years after the incident due to an ongoing homicide investigation. The 8-month-old’s mother, Janee Wright-Trussell, was charged with three counts of first-degree child abuse and felony murder in connection with her daughter’s death.
Janee, who is currently free on bond, will appear in court on June 5. Though the civil suit against the city was dismissed in November, it is unclear whether the city paid out a settlement to the mother.
Thomas was arraigned on Wednesday. Her bond was set at $25,000.
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