Stillborn infant apparently lost by hospital, found in laundry

Stillborn infant apparently lost by hospital, found in laundry

POSTED: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:04pm

Minnesota's Regions Hospital is apologizing for mishandling the body of a stillborn baby boy that was discovered wrapped in a dirty sheet dropped off at a laundry in Red Wing.

Officers were called to the Crothal laundry just before 12:30 p.m. after the infant's body tumbled out of a bed sheet that was being prepared for cleaning. The baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper. The linens were traced to Regions Hospital.

On Tuesday, Regions disclosed that the remains had been wrapped in linen in the Regions Hospital morgue, and were mistaken for laundry that was to be sent for cleaning. Regions officials immediately collected the remains and secured them according to proper procedures.

This was a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," said Chris Boese, chief nursing officer, Regions Hospital. "We have processes in place that should have prevented this but did not. We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again."

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