Lawyers: Partial deal over lost custody of baby

AP News
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 12:44 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi hospital and two of its employees are the remaining defendants in a federal lawsuit that alleges they unjustly took a newborn baby from her mother while she was illegally in the country in 2008.

Attorneys for the mother say a settlement has been reached with the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The agency and two caseworkers had also been named in the lawsuit.

No trial date has been set.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Cirila Baltazar Cruz — who spoke no English and little Spanish — delivered her baby in 2008 at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. The lawsuit says that two days after the birth, the infant was taken from Cruz when the Department of Human Services deemed her unfit. The center says the defendants deliberately failed to provide adequate language interpretation.