Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Prosecutors Opt Not to Charge Former Midwives in Meridian Baby's Death

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ada County prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges against two women involved in the August 2011 birth and death of a newborn at The Baby Place in Meridian.

The two women, Coleen and Jerusha Goodwin (mother and daughter), are no longer licensed as midwives in Idaho. In early 2012, Coleen was listed as the owner of The Baby Place.

The birthing center has since reopened under a new name, New Beginnings Birth Center.

In July 2012, The Baby Place agreed to a $5 million settlement with a couple who sued the owners after their baby suffered brain damage at the facility.

Allegations against Coleen and Jerusha Goodwin include "an immediate and ongoing danger to the public health, safety and welfare," according to the licensing bureau. Both women have been ordered to stop practicing midwifery and ordered not to seek license renewal until the state board completes its investigation.

After a lengthy police investigation, the Meridian Police Department forwarded its files to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office, but on Tuesday, prosecutors concluded "that it cannot prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt."

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