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State & Region Briefs


Friday, January 26, 2018
Hospital slammed for leaving elderly heart patient in lobby

BOSTON — A prestigious Boston hospital is under fire from the family of an 80-year-old man who says he was discharged without notice after heart surgery wearing nothing but two hospital gowns and socks.

Sharlet Ramsland said she received a call Wednesday morning from her father, Allen Ramsland, saying he had been discharged from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She drove an hour to find him sitting alone in the lobby, confused and unsteady.

Allen Ramsland said the family had been told he would be discharged later Wednesday.

The hospital said it cannot comment on individual patients, but is “deeply committed to providing the highest quality care and treating our patients with dignity and respect.”

The family doesn’t plan to sue, just wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

2 people acquitted of failing to report child’s injuries

PITTSFIELD — Two residents who had been charged with failing to report severe injuries suffered by an 11-month-old child have been cleared of the charges.

A Berkshire Superior Court jury on Thursday acquitted 28-year-old Brett Logan and 35-year-old Karisa Miranda-Ruiz, both of North Adams, of reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors had alleged that they both knew that the child was being abused and did nothing to stop or report it to the proper authorities. Neither was charged with causing the injuries.

The child was brought to the hospital in October 2014 with burns, bruises, and a fractured skull.

Lawyers for Logan and Miranda-Ruiz said the state didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt their clients knew the child was injured.

A third person previously pleaded guilty to using a lighter to burn the child.

Vatican defrocks former priest accused of abuse

WORCESTER — The Vatican has defrocked a priest who was named in one of the Worcester Diocese of Massachusetts’ largest sex-abuse settlements.

The diocese in a statement Thursday said Peter Inzerillo was laicized at his own request. The decision means Inzerillo “may not function in any capacity as a priest or be referred to as a priest or as ‘Father.’ ”

The diocese had removed Inzerillo from ministry in 2002.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Inzerillo was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man in 1985. The diocese settled the case in 1999 for $300,000.

Inzerillo was not criminally charged.

Ordained in 1970, he served at parishes in Leominster and Fitchburg and was also headmaster at St. Peter-Marian High School.

A listed number for Inzerillo was not in service Friday.

Fire station evacuated after man hands in old grenade

MALDEN — Officials say a Massachusetts firehouse was evacuated when an elderly man tried to hand in an old hand grenade.

Malden fire officials say the station was evacuated Thursday as a precaution because it was unclear if the decades-old grenade posed a danger.

Officials say the man lives in a nearby retirement community and he was looking for a way to get rid of the device.

A state police bomb squad was called in to dispose of the grenade.

From Associated Press