Body In Hospital Linens: How Was Stillborn Baby Discovered In Laundry Service Facility? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 17, 2013 2:03 PM EDT

Chris Boese
Chief nursing officer of Regions Hospital Chris Boese issues apology in press conference (Photo: YouTube / PioneerPress)

A baby's body, wrapped in hospital linens, was discovered in soiled laundry shipped from Regions Hospital of St. Paul, Minnesota to a local laundry service. In a press conference today, a hospital spokesperson admitted that its staff had mishandled the remains of a stillborn fetus. Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman announced that authorities see no indication of foul play, USA Today reports.

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Regions Hospital officials said on Wednesday that the incident was a mistake. Only 22 weeks into development, the baby boy was stillborn on April 4, reports Huffington, at which time his body was wrapped in hospital linens. In a statement, the hospital explained that the body should have been secured in the hospital morgue. However, the body in hospital linens inside the morgue was mistakenly identified as laundry and sent out for cleaning.

According to USA Today, Crothall Laundry Services, of Red Wing, Minnesota, discovered the the body in hospital linens just before 12:30 p.m. What's more, USA reports, the baby's body had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper.

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman stated that the stillborn body in hospital linens tumbled out at Crothall Laundry Services in Red Wing, 55 miles southeast of St. Paul. Laundry employees alerted the Regions Hospitals. Regions staff rushed to collect the body.

"This was a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," said hospital chief nursing officer Chris Boese in the statement. "We have processes in place that should have prevented this but did not. We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again."

Chief nursing officer Chris Boese announced that hospital officials are continuing investigations to determine precisely how the incident occurred. What's more, Boese says it is too early to confirm whether hospital employees will face disciplinary action.

Be sure to watch the Regions Hospital statement in the video below:

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