Hospital sued over stillborn baby found in dirty laundry

A family has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota hospital after their stillborn baby was found in a dirty laundry bag sent away by the facility. The boy’s mother, Esmeralda Hernandez, and several other family members filed the lawsuit against St. Paul hospital earlier this month, accusing the hospital of reckless interference with a dead body over the 2013 incident, the Pioneer Press reported.

The baby, who was named Jose, was born at 22 weeks gestation in April 2013, and Hernandez had declined an autopsy but chose to have his body placed in her room overnight. Two weeks after accepting the hospital’s offer to have his body cremated, police responded to a tip about laundry workers finding a baby’s body inside of a bag sent from Regions, the news outlet reported.

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