Ada County prosecutors said Tuesday they will not pursue criminal charges against two women who worked as midwives at the Baby Center in Meridian who were involved in the birth and death of a baby 2011.
The two women involved in the case, Coleen and Jerusha Goodwin, are no longer licensed to be midwives and are banned from working in Idaho.
The Goodwins, who worked at the Baby Place in Meridian, acted in serious, unprofessional ways and broke the rules of their profession, the Board of Midwifery said. It suspended the Goodwins in the spring of 2012, after claims that the women acted wrongly while overseeing births.
State investigators said the Goodwins delivered babies with dangerously low heartbeats, interfered with emergency hospital transfers, failed to send a woman to the hospital when she had persistent vomiting and diarrhea, and allowed a babys umbilical cord to hemorrhage blood.
Meridian Police concentrated their criminal investigation on the death of an infant in August 2011, where a mother labored for more than 48 hours and the infant was delivered limp, unresponsive and pale, with a low heart rate.
Investigators found that the midwives werent truthful about the seriousness of the infants medical problems when the mother was later hospitalized.
Meridian police and Ada County prosecutors say both agencies did exhaustive investigations into the case. Officials with the prosecutors office said Tuesday they recently concluded they could not prove that a crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt, so no charges will be filed in connection with the infants death.
The Goodwins have no current connection with the Baby Place, which changed its name to the New Beginnings Birth Center.