LIFE-SUPPORT CASE Do-not-resuscitate order for baby gets judge's OK
The infant has been diagnosed with shaken-baby syndrome.
AKRON (AP) -- A judge has upheld a do-not-resuscitate order for a comatose 9-month-old baby whose father is suspected of child abuse.
Aiden Stein, of Mansfield, was assigned a guardian because authorities said his 21-year-old parents have a conflict of interest for wanting to keep him alive.
Police suspect Aiden's father harmed the baby March 15, but no charges have been filed. Aiden has been diagnosed with shaken-baby syndrome, and his death could lead to a possible murder charge.
Summit County Probate Court Judge Bill Spicer had allowed Aiden's medical guardian, Ellen Kaforey, to have the baby's life-support turned off, but the Ohio Supreme Court in June halted Spicer's order and is reviewing the case.
The parents, Matthew Stein and Arica Heimlich, want the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn Spicer's ruling.
Spicer ruled Monday that Kaforey's do-not-resuscitate order is not part of the question before the Supreme Court.
Aiden had been at a suburban Cleveland nursing home that has a 60-bed unit for children who are chronically ill. He returned to Akron Children's Hospital on July 25 after developing pneumonia.
Aiden was in critical condition early today, a nursing supervisor said.
The lawyer for the child's parents, Edward Markovich, has challenged Spicer's order allowing life support to be turned off, charging the parents' constitutional rights as parents had been violated.