When Connie Charles’ 4-year-old son Desville “Jomo” Charles had a pounding headache, she took him to the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jomo had a brain aneurysm, but as Charles says in court papers, the hospital called the Administration for Children’s Services and accused the mother of hitting her child, the New York Daily News reported.
When Jomo died in December 2005, the autopsy revealed the truth.
"An autopsy was done by the medical examiner which showed an undiagnosed ruptured aneurysm in the brain," Charles’ lawyer Steven Schiesel told the newspaper. "Brookdale could have discovered this with a simple test, which they did not do. If they did, the child would be alive today. They were too busy blaming the mother for the child's problems."
Brookdale’s lawyer did not return phone calls to the newspaper, and since the case is in court, the hospital's spokeswoman declined to comment.