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Record Judgement Handed Down In Amador Case

Record Judgement Handed Down In Amador Case

An Amador County jury has awarded $8.4 million to a boy who was paralyzed by child abuse when he was 10 weeks old.  The award was announced by judge James D. Garbolino in Amador County Superior Court on Wednesday.  The verdict was returned against Sutter Sacramento Sierra Region, Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group, Inc., a doctor, a nurse practitioner and four (4) members of the infant's biological family. The boy, Cree Miller, now 6 years old, alleged that when he was a seven (7) week old infant, he was brought to the emergency room of Sutter Amador Hospital by his teenage parents and maternal grandmother with a reported history of a mouthful of blood, damage to his eye and bruising on his face.  The complaint alleged that there were clear indications of child abuse and that, under California law, a nurse, two nurse practitioners and a doctor were required to make a report to Child Protective Services.  No report was made and Cree remained in the custody of his teenage parents.  Three weeks later Cree was returned to the emergency department at Sutter Amador Hospital, with a spinal cord injury that has left him permanently paralyzed.  Cree was removed from his teenage parents' custody and placed in foster care after he was paralyzed, and was later adopted by his foster mother.  After the verdict was announced, Sutter Health spokesperson Leslie Meiring said, “We are very sorry for what Cree and the Miller Family have experienced.  This case offers us an opportunity for analysis and to learn as much as we can about how to improve.”  The 8.4 million dollar judgment award is believed to be the largest reported in Amador County history.

Written by KVGC Staff

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