Former Detroit EMT Charged With Willful Neglect of Duty

DETROIT, MI – A former Detroit emergency medical technician, Ann Marie Thomas, 45-years-old, has been charged in connection with failing to respond to a medical dispatch that involved an eight-month-old baby.

On May 30th, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. near a home in the 19900 block of Glastonbury it is alleged that Thomas intentionally delayed her response to a dispatch of an eight-month-old infant  who was struggling to breath.

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.  The child died later on the same day.

On June 24th, 2015, the City of Detroit discharged Thomas from her employment.

Thomas has been charged with Willful Neglect of Duty, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year incarceration. The original information from the prosecutor’s office stated that the maximum penalty was 5 years.

She was arraigned this morning in 36 District Court.  A pre-trial is scheduled for April 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. before 36th District Court Judge Roberta Archer.  Thomas received a $25,000 personal bond.

Janee Wright-Trussell faces a premeditated first degree murder charge, a felony murder charge, and three counts of first degree child abuse in the death of her daughter. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for May 5.

Charges were filed against 26-year-old Wright-Trussell in November 2016.

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