Officials: Paramedic fired after refusing to help 8-month-old baby

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DETROIT, Mich. – A paramedic has been fired after officials say she refused to help a baby when she was just minutes away from the home.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins said Ann Marie Thomas’s employment with the fire department has been terminated.

A mother called 911 after her 8-month-old baby stopped breathing.

Authorities told WDIV that Thomas was just around the corner but refused to respond to the scene.

“33, I’m going to need you to make that scene,” said an EMS supervisor. “You’re going to have to make patient contact.”

Instead, officials say Thomas parked her unit a street away from the baby.

911 dispatcher: “Uh, Romeo 33? Updated information that the child is not breathing. The baby was hooked up to an oxygen machine because it was premature. Romeo 33?”

Even with that information, Thomas and her partner did not move.

911 dispatcher: “Romeo 33, Medic 51, be advised CPR is being performed on your scene. Romeo 33, Medic 51, CPR is being performed by the baby’s mother.”

An internal investigation revealed that Thomas told her boss, “I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR. You know how these families get.”

The child was eventually revived and taken to the hospital by another ambulance, but she died the next day.

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