Ambulance driver is not required to report partner's suspected abuse of transported minor patient
Teen-aged Jane Doe was being transported between institutions by ambulance after an attempted suicide. The driver of the ambulance, operated by the Henry Ford Health System, began to suspect that his partner, Matt DeFillippo, was molesting the restrained young girl. He called his supervisor to report his suspicions, but took no action to interrupt the molestation or report the conduct to civil authorities.
Jane Doe's father sued the Henry Ford system to compensate his daughter, alleging a violation of the law requiring the reporting of suspected abuse. This week, in a stunningly disappointing decision, the Court of Appeals ruled that the ambulance driver owed no legal duty to the child because the suspected abuse was not being perpetrated by a family member or "others with control of the child."