Paramedics Charged with First-Degree Murder After Patient Dies at Hospital

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Two emergency medical services workers face first-degree murder charges for the December death of a patient they transported to a hospital.

Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley face charges over the Dec. 18 death of Earl Moore Jr. in Springfield, Illinois, according to WSAZ-TV.

The murder charges stemmed from Moore being placed face down on a stretcher with a strap across his back en route to the hospital.

Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon said, according to an autopsy, Moore died from “compressional and positional asphyxia due to prone face-down restraint on a paramedic transportation cot/stretcher by tightened straps across the back.”

Moore’s death was ruled a homicide.

“Following the arrival of EMS, Earl Moore Jr. became the victim of acts which caused his death at the hands of individuals called by police to provide emergency medical care,” Sangamon County State’s attorney Dan Wright said, according to the Charlotte Observer.

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