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Stillborn Put in Laundry by Mistake

April 19, 2013

A tiny body found among hospital bed sheets by a Red Wing, Minn., laundry service was that of a baby born dead at a St. Paul hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Regions Hospital said in a statement there had been "an unfortunate event involving the handling of remains," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The baby's body was mistaken for laundry after it was wrapped in linen in the hospital morgue.

Workers at Crothal Laundry told police the baby's body tumbled out of a bed sheet Tuesday.

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said the hospital had already removed the remains from the laundry facility and returned it to the hospital before police arrived Tuesday. Police said there was no indication of foul play.

Chris Boese, head of nursing at the hospital, said Regions is getting in touch with the family involved and has offered to provide counseling to any laundry workers who need it.

"We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again," she said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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