Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Las Cruces Hospital Investigated.(New Mexico & Metro)

Byline: The Associated Press

* Police probe focuses on 1999 death of toddler at Memorial Medical

LAS CRUCES Police are conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect by the nursing staff at Memorial Medical Center in the February 1999 death of a 2-year-old patient.

The parents of Thomas Philip "Daniel" James say he died at the hospital after members of the nursing staff failed to treat his pneumonia until it was too late. They also say nurses ignored Daniel's worsening condition in the hours before his death.

Autry and Caril James have filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital.

Hospital spokesman Ed Callahan dismissed the allegations as preposterous. …

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