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Judge rules in favor of removing life support from baby Jada Ruiz-Jones

Posted Jul 16 2010 5:54pm
Summit County, Ohio Probate Judge Bill Spicer has ruled in favor of a mother who wants to remove her 9-month-old daughter from life support over the objections of the baby's father.  Jada Ruiz-Jones is in pediatric intensive care at Akron Children's Hospital on a breathing machine in a persistent vegetative state.
Jada's father, 17-year-old, John Jones, is charged with shaking the infant girl so hard that bones in her legs were fractured and bleeding was caused in her brain. Jones had objected to removing the baby from life support.   Spicer ruled that Deja Ruiz ''acted in the best interest of Jada Ruiz-Jones when she consented to the withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment and consented to the use of comfort care and palliative treatment only for her daughter.''  ''For nearly four months now, a little girl's body has been hooked up to a breathing machine. The little girl that everyone loved inside is long gone. It is now time as her mother says to go to a better place with the Lord."  ( Akron Beacon-Journal )

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