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Detroit EMT Accused of Refusing to Give Baby CPR Charged

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ParamedicA Detroit paramedic could jail time for refusing to respond to a dispatch involving an unresponsive infant who later died, according to MLive Detroit.

Ann Marie Thomas, 45, is charged with misdemeanor willful neglect of duty, punishable by up to a year in jail, for failing to respond to an emergency call about 5:45 p.m. May 20, 2015 on the 19900 block of Glastonbury in Detroit.

Several minutes later, another ambulance arrived and transported I'Nayah to Sinai Grace Hospital, where she died the next morning.

I'Nayah, who was born premature the prior September, had been assisted by an oxygen machine leading up to the incident.

Charges in the case were delayed by the ongoing homicide investigation.

Thomas was arraigned Wednesday and is scheduled to return to court April 28 for a pretrial hearing. She was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The child's mother, Janee Wright-Trussell, is also charged with three counts of first-degree child abuse and felony murder in the death of her daughter. A count of premeditated murder was dismissed.

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