Ann Marie Thomas faces up to a year in prison if convicted of her misdemeanor charge of willfully neglecting her duties as an EMT.
Thomas was called to an emergency call about a baby who had stopped breathing in Detroit. The 911 dispatcher informed Thomas there was an 8-month-old baby who was struggling to breathe, but Thomas didn’t seem too concerned about saving the life.
“When she arrived, instead of rushing to help save the infant’s life, Thomas parked her emergency vehicle around the corner from the house,” reads a document from the civil suit filed against Thomas. “Thomas then waited six minutes before telling dispatchers that she didn’t want to help, stating: ‘I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.'”
The dispatcher apparently tried to convince Thomas to help. “I’m going to need you to make that scene. You’re going to have to make patient contact,” they pleaded.
Another ambulance was called to the scene to transport the baby to the hospital, who died in hospital the next morning.
The child’s mother is also being charged with three counts of first degree child abuse and felony murder in connection with her daughter’s death.