Lawsuit filed against Odenville, former fire chief
by David Atchison
Jun 08, 2011 | 2335 views |  1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Pell City attorney filed a lawsuit against the city of Odenville, Regional Paramedical Services Inc. and former Odenville Fire Chief David Davis on behalf of a mother of two premature stillborn infants who were allegedly flushed down a toilet by an emergency responder.

According to the lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Southern Division, in Pell City by attorney Matt Abbott, the incident happened July 23, 2010. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Kimberly Chyann Garrison, 19, of Odenville.

Davis was subsequently fired three weeks after the incident, but denied he did anything wrong and was only following protocol.

The lawsuit claims there were also two RPS emergency medical technicians at the scene when the 20-week twin stillborn infants were flushed down the toilet at the victim’s residence.

The suit states that when emergency workers arrived at the scene, the two stillborn infants were found inside a toilet and a decision was made “jointly and/or individually to flush Plaintiff Kimberly Chyann Garrison’s 20-week-old infants down the toilet and into the family’s septic tank, located on their property, rather than properly and humanely caring for the infants’ bodies, according to accepted standards for the handling of human remains.”

The lawsuit states that the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department spent several hours with heavy earth-moving equipment to dig up the Garrisons’ septic tank to retrieve the bodies from sewage.

The lawsuit alleges emergency worker/workers failed to properly care for, handle and dispose of the infant bodies and that the defendants caused “extreme emotional distress to the plaintiff. …”

The lawsuit also alleges that “Garrison received inadequate and inappropriate paramedic care and her twin infants were consciously disposed of by the collective defendants in an inappropriate manner.”

Odenville Mayor Rodney “Buck” Christian, the RPS attorney and Davis were not available for immediate comment Tuesday.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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