Midwife in manslaughter case to face first day of trial
Published 12:52 am, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Trial is set to begin for a Cedar City midwife charged with manslaughter in the 2012 death of a premature baby.
The Spectrum reports (http://bit.ly/2e6lpsx ) that opening statements in Vickie Dawn Sorensen's trial are scheduled for Wednesday. The 56-year-old woman is charged with felony manslaughter and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
Sorensen is accused of refusing to take a woman pregnant with premature twins to a hospital when she began to go into labor two months early in December 2012.
Court documents say Sorensen, a lay midwife, instead had the woman deliver in her Cedar City birth center without proper equipment or up-to-date CPR skills.
One of the twins born at Sorensen's birth center died. The mother was taken to a hospital, where the second baby was born.
Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com