PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner’s office is trying to determine what caused the death of a 23-year-old Maine woman who experienced complications after giving birth.
Family members say Destiny Crockett of Lewiston was a healthy young mother to an 8-year-old girl. They said the delivery of her second child on April 20 included use of an epidural anesthetic, commonly used to ease the mother’s pain. The newborn girl was admitted to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
The Portland Press Herald says the medical examiner investigates homicides, suicides, child deaths, workplace fatalities and deaths in state custody, but doesn’t typically investigate hospital deaths.
Crockett’s father and a sister said they would like some answers. Central Maine Medical Center spokesman Chuck Gill said the hospital is investigating.