Couple sues doctor for beheading newborn baby

Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette  
By: Moses Gold 

A doctor delivering a newborn baby beheaded it and then tried to cover it up, according to a new lawsuit filed.

A Missouri obstetrician separated a baby's head from his body during labor and then pushed back the newborn and then performed an emergency caesarean on the mother to cover up the dreadful mistake, a couple of claims in court documents.

Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette, Florissant, filed a 10 count lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court claiming doctors pushed her to have a vaginal birth, beheaded his son and then tried to hide it, according to news media reports. The details in the lawsuit are shocking. During a meeting, the couple said Dr. Susan Moore told them that their baby will be delivered by cesarean section because her belly was too big for a normal delivery.

Betts went into labor on March 22, just 28 weeks of what is normally a 40-week pregnancy. The doctor on duty at Mercy Medical Center St. John, Dr. Gilbert Webb, refused to perform a cesarean section and would only agree to a vaginal delivery, according to the lawsuit.

Webb refused to let them go to another hospital, "Betts consented to a vaginal delivery under pressure and force," the lawsuit said. During labor, the child's head appeared, but the rest of his body was stuck in the birth canal, the lawsuit said. In an attempt to take the child loose Webb applied pressure to the head and separate the head of the cervical spine, the lawsuit said.
Blood poured out from the newborn's neck in front of the parents, according to the lawsuit.

Webb then pushed the child's head and body back in the birth canal and rushed to perform a caesarean section, the lawsuit said.
During the procedure, Webb "completely removed the child's head from his body,” according to the lawsuit. Then the doctor tried to hide the terrible incident.

The lawsuit, names Webb and Moore, along with Midwest Maternal Fetal Medicine Services and Signature Medical Group as defendants.
The couple accused the group of manslaughter and negligence and seeks unspecified damages.



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