PLAINFIELD, NJ — Three volunteer emergency medical technicians have been stripped of their credentials for placing a live baby in a medical waste bag.

The EMTs went to a Plainfield home in June on a report of a premature baby in distress. They placed the infant in a medical waste bag, telling the teen-age mother that it was stillborn and could not be revived, according to a police report.

They told the mother he couldn't be revived and placed him in a medical waste bag.

Later at a hospital, doctors discovered that Justin Kaishaun Davis was alive. He weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and died two days later.

The Department of Health and Senior Services last month removed the credentials of Daniel Cone, Aaron Spivey and Dawn Marie Warnick, banning them from ever again treating a patient or driving an ambulance in New Jersey, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Friday.

The Plainfield Rescue Squad was fined $3,750 for oversight and patient care failures in the case.

Linda Kenney, an attorney for the 16-year-old mother, Phylteea Davis, said the medics should have been charged criminally.

"If a young black girl put an infant alive in a waste bag, she'd be in jail for murder," she said.


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