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Ala. fire chief fired over fetuses flushed down toilet


The Associated Press



ODENVILLE, Ala. - Odenville has fired its fire chief after an incident in which two premature stillborn fetuses were flushed down a toilet at a home. 




City council members unanimously approved Mayor Rodney "Buck" Christian''s decision to fire David Davis at their meeting Monday. 




After hearing an allegation that two fetuses were flushed, the St. Clair County sheriff started an investigation. He plans to turn over everything they find to a grand jury. 




Davis says he and two other emergency workers "followed protocol" during the July 23 incident. Details of what his department did were not clear. But the coroner has said the mother had a miscarriage about 20 weeks into her pregnancy and that the family had nothing to do with the disposal of the fetuses, which were recovered from a septic tank. 




Davis can challenge the firing in a hearing.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment mom2five commented at 8/24/2010 12:51:00 PM:

So....two stillborn infants were flushed down the toilet by emergency personnel who arrived on the scene?? Did I get that right??


Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/25/2010 5:43:00 AM:

You know, I've written nearly a dozen posts in reply to this story, and I've had to erase all of them before posting them because I just can't come up with words for this one.

Calling these people stupid just doesn't seem to do justice to the act. I don't know what to say about this deal, but I do know this. If this guy actually did this, allowed this, or ordered this done, he should be neutered, hopefully before he has the chance to reproduce as we apparently already have enough ignorant people in this world.


Article Comment kj commented at 8/25/2010 9:39:00 AM:

They weren't "infants." And they weren't "stillborn." When you misuse words, it's easy to justify the over-reaction by the general public.


Article Comment neverwrong commented at 8/25/2010 3:28:00 PM:

I smell good ole boy all over this.


Article Comment pat henry commented at 8/25/2010 4:27:00 PM:

What were they, kj? Were you there?


Article Comment kj commented at 8/26/2010 9:26:00 AM:

No, I wasn't there. But unlike some commenters, I can read the story where it plainly says: "But the coroner has said the mother had a miscarriage about 20 weeks into her pregnancy."

The word "infant" seems to have already been corrected in the AP story.


Article Comment mom2five commented at 8/26/2010 10:27:00 AM:

kj, any baby born at 20 weeks or after is considered stillborn, not a miscarriage.
My son was stillborn at 36 weeks and I have friends who have had stillbirths at 20 weeks. I also have spoken to women who have had miscarriages in the 18th and 19th week...they still had to give birth to their infants...
I understand the wanting to argue over the semantics, but whether you call it a miscarriage or a stillbirth, it is no less tragic and certainly no less reprehensible that these dead babies were denied a proper burial and a decent goodbye from the family that hopefully loved them.


Article Comment stormy commented at 8/27/2010 3:59:00 AM:

I would like to know who wrote the "protocol" that told him to flush a dead baby down a tolit.


Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/27/2010 9:08:00 AM:

I think it was Jack Daniels, with assist from Johnny Walker, who wrote it.


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