Detroit EMT Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail for Refusing to Help Baby Who Later Died

Ann Marie Thomas
Ann Marie Thomas

A former Detroit Fire Department EMT faced sentencing Thursday morning for willful neglect of duty in connection to the 2015 death of an 8-month-old girl.

Ann Marie Thomas was fired from DFD after the department said she refused to help the baby on May 30, 2015 while she was on duty just minutes away from the home in the 19900 block of Glastonbury.

Thomas was sentenced to three months in jail and two years of probation. She was also offered mental health services.

An ambulance eventually got the baby to a hospital. I’Nayah Wright-Trussell was revived but died the next morning.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s released this statement:

“It is alleged that Thomas intentionally delayed her response to a dispatch of an 8-month-old infant who was struggling to breathe. It is further alleged that Thomas stopped driving her vehicle and parked less than a mile away from the location. Another EMT unit was dispatched to the location.”

Thomas was found guilty of willful neglect of duty. She spoke prior to being sentenced.

“When this all began I thought this would be my opportunity for the truth to come out, for my voice to be heard,” Thomas said. “I know I did nothing wrong. I did my job as I was trained.”

Thomas talked at length about her loyalty to the city of Detroit and about miscommunications from dispatch.

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SOURCE: Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Shawn Ley