EMT is given 3 months in prison for waiting in ambulance, deliberately not treating suffocating 8-month-old girl who died

By Associated Press and Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com

An emergency medical technician has been jailed for three months for deliberately delaying her response to treat an eight-month-old girl, who died a day later.

Ann Marie Thomas, 48, was sentenced on Thursday for waiting in her ambulance in Detroit, Michigan, when she got a 911 call about a toddler who was struggling to breathe.

Ann Marie Thomas, 48, was sentenced Thursday morning to three months in prison for willful neglect after delaying responding to a suffocating infant   Eight-month-old I'Nayah Wright-Trussell was revived by a different EMT when Thomas neglected to rush onto the scene

Thomas arrived on the scene on May 30, 2015 where baby I’Nayah Wright-Trussell was suffocating, but she hesitated.

The child, who was suffocating at the time of the incident, was also a victim of horrific physical abuse, for which her mother was later imprisoned.

Thomas, from Detroit, spoke before a judge before her sentencing Thursday saying she is 'innocent', pictured above 

Although Thomas was parked less than half a mile from the home she delayed arriving, prosecutors said.

Eventually another EMT was sent to aid the child. Thomas was fired a month after the incident.

In court she told a judge she was ‘innocent’.

‘I can’t believe I’m sitting here today facing these charges,’ Thomas told Judge Roberta Archer before she learned of the sentence Thursday.

‘I did nothing wrong your honor. I did my job,’ she added.

She was sentenced to three months behind bars and two years of probation for neglect of duty. She was also offered mental health services.

Two internal investigations were conducted in the incident.

A jury convicted her on February 28.

Full article at The Daily Mail

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