State of Utah vs. <Name Withheld>

James Janghoon Lee

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:The charge of negligent homicide was dismissed. No jail was imposed. To avoid trial, the midwife pleaded "no contest" to unlawful conduct and reckless endangerment, as misdemeanors.

Description:A midwife was charged with negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, and unlawful conduct when a newborn died following a home-birth delivery. The case highlighted the ongoing debate between conventional and alternative or natural childbirth methods. The defendant contended that she took all necessary precautions and that the infant's death was unrelated to any malpractice. The defendant believed that her lawful actions were being unjustly criminalized.