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Midwife pleads to felonies in Va. baby's death

Friday - 5/6/2011, 12:40pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Baltimore midwife has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of a baby she delivered at the home of an Alexandria woman who had a high-risk pregnancy.

Forty-four-year old Karen Carr had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, but she pleaded guilty Thursday in Alexandria Circuit Court to child endangerment and performing an invasive procedure without a license. Carr was not licensed to practice in Virginia.

Carr agreed to an at-home delivery of a baby in a breech position. Another midwife practice had turned the baby's family away because of the risk.

The baby boy, delivered in September, had his head stuck in the birth canal for 20 minutes.

Carr was sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to pay back the $3,200 fee she charged the parents.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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