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Fla. State Hospital Nurse Pleads Not Guilty Of Neglecting Pregnant Patient

Jessica Palombo

A Florida State Hospital nurse, who’s charged with criminal neglect of a pregnant patient, has pleaded not guilty in Gadsden County court on Thursday.

Nurse Kathryn Cottle is the only person to be charged after the 2011 incident involving a mental patient at the Chattahoochee facility who gave birth to a brain-dead baby.

According to an inspector general report, hospital staff ignored the patient when she complained of pain and requested to call her parents. After she coughed up blood, she was airlifted to another hospital and gave birth while in the air.

Her father, Ken Wills, was in court on Thursday. He said, more people should be held responsible for what happened.

"I believe that there are some people that are walking around unscathed of this problem," he said. "And we need to find out all the persons involved in this.”

Cottle has been fired from the hospital. Her immediate supervisors were also let go or resigned. Cottle is appealing her termination in court for the third time.