Mother sues over body of deceased infant

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

An East Side woman is suing St. Elizabeth Health Center, claiming that the hospital didn’t give her the body of an infant of hers who died.

Lytanya Wylie of North Garland Avenue filed the suit in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages.

In her suit, Wylie says she went into labor June 2 at St. Elizabeth’s with twins and she was told before going into labor that one of the twins had died.

She said one of the twins was delivered alive, and the other twin, which was deceased, was delivered but she never saw it.

Wylie said in her suit she wanted to have a proper funeral for the child but was not able to because her deceased child was never returned to her so she could bury the child. Her attorney, John Shultz, said his client received no answer from the hospital as to what happened to the child.

“We have no idea what happened,” Shultz said.

Shultz also declined to comment further on the suit, saying that his case was spelled out in the complaint.

Tina Creighton, a spokeswoman for St. Elizabeth, said in an email: “While we cannot comment on pending litigation, I can say the Humility of Mary Health Partners strives to provide quality care and achieve the best possible outcome for all our patients.”

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