Utah midwife ordered to face trial in baby's death

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Posted: Nov 22, 2014 8:04 PM

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A Cedar City midwife has been ordered to stand trial on a felony manslaughter charge in the 2012 death of a premature baby.

Vicki Dawn Sorensen also was bound over on two counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment following a preliminary hearing Friday in 5th District Court.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/11OiGZ5 ) that the 55-year-old Sorensen is charged with refusing to take a woman pregnant with premature twins to a hospital when she began to go into labor two months early in December 2012.

Court documents say Sorensen, a lay midwife, instead had the woman deliver in her Cedar City birth center without proper equipment or up-to-date CPR skills.

One of the twins born at Sorensen's birth center died. The mother was rushed to a hospital, where the second baby was born.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com