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Valdosta doctor under investigation

May 19, 2003

Valdosta - Dr. Charles Rossmann is being investigated by the State Board of Medical Examiners and Valdosta Detectives. A woman apparently delivered her own baby alone in his office.

"Paramedics were called to Dr. Rossmann's office because they received a 911 call from a female that said she was having a baby," said Sgt. Steve Owens. "When they arrived there was no medical personnel on scene."

Investigators believe the woman was in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Having an abortion at this stage is illegal according to Georgia law.

"A woman is not allowed to have the abortion after 24 weeks unless her life is in danger, and if that's the case, it has to be performed in a hospital facility," said Robin Dressel Nurse.

But investigators say Dr. Rossmann's office is not considered a hospital or medical facility. "It is not licensed by the state for child birthing," said Owens.

The woman and her baby were both transported to South Georgia Medical Center. The baby was transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, where he's in critical condition.

Pregnancy counselors say if the mother was in the third trimester, the baby was almost fully developed. "It needed a little more development in the lungs, and weight gain, but could easily survive with proper care," said Dressel.

The Valdosta Police have asked for the State Board of Medical Examiners' help in the investigation. We tried to contact Dr. Rossmann at his office and at home, but were unsuccessful.

posted at 4:00 by ashley.harper@walb.com