Court Stops Lawsuit Over Death of Soldier’s Son

US Army SealCourt Stops Lawsuit Over Death of Soldier’s Son

HONOLULU — A federal appeals court “regretfully” upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that claims the Army caused the death of a newborn by ordering his pregnant mother to do physical training against doctors’ instructions.

January Ritchie was about 5 1/2 months pregnant when she went into premature labor while stationed in Hawaii in 2006.

Her son Gregory died 30 minutes after birth. Her husband, Jonathan Ritchie, filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming commanding officers ignored his wife’s pleas not to perform physical duties such as picking up trash and battle-focused training.

Read more: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/10/26/court-stops-lawsuit-over-death-of-soldiers-son.html

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