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Fired Detroit EMT jailed for neglect in baby’s death

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A former Detroit emergency medical technician convicted of failing to go to the home where an 8-month-old girl had stopped breathing will spend six months in jail.

Ann Marie Thomas, 45, was sentenced Thursday to two years probation, with the first six months in the Wayne County Jail and the last three months to be held in abeyance.

Thomas was convicted Feb. 28 of willful neglect of duty, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Authorities said she intentionally delayed her response to a medical dispatch directing her to a home in the 19900 block of Glastonbury on May 30, 2015.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Thomas stopped her vehicle en route to the home and parked less than a mile away. Another EMT unit was dispatched to the home of the child, who died later that day.

Thomas was fired June 24, 2015.

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