According to court documents, two Illinois paramedics are facing murder charges after a patient died of positional asphyxiation shortly after being taken to a hospital in December.
Peggy Finley, 44, and Peter Cadigan, 50, were dispatched to a home in Springfield on December 18 after police requested medical assistance for a 911 caller who “was suffering hallucinations due to alcohol withdrawal,” according to a Springfield Police Department news release.
Police body camera footage shows Finley entering the home’s back bedroom while one of the officers briefs her on the patient, Earl L. Moore, Jr.
Finley is heard yelling at Moore to get up and walk out to the ambulance. “You’re gonna have to walk ‘cause we ain’t carrying you!” she says. “I am seriously not in the mood for this dumb sh*t.”
Two of the officers can be seen helping Moore outside and onto the gurney. Cadigan helps position Moore and both paramedics strap him onto the stretcher in a prone position.
“The Springfield Police Department was later notified the patient had passed after arriving at the hospital,” the police department news release says.
Moore died of “compressional and positional asphyxia due to prone facedown restraint on a paramedic transportation cot/stretcher by tightened straps across back and lower body in the setting of lethargy and underlying chronic alcoholism,” according to the coroner’s autopsy report.
According to court documents, Finley and Cadigan were arrested on January 9 and charged with first-degree murder.
They’re being held at the Sangamon County Detention Facility on $1 million bond each.
Both are scheduled to be back in court on January 19.