The University of Virginia Medical Center is dealing with yet another baby switch.
This time, it involves grieving parents, and their infants who died at the hospital.
As David Johnson reports, the Roanoke parents involved say they want the public to know what's going on at the medical center.
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[SUPER=01-Mistie Fritz/Jasmaine's Mother; :12]
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((Jasmaine Fritz suffered from severe birth defects when she was born February 6th.
According to her mother, Jasmaine was transferred to the UVa Medical Center for a kidney transplant.
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((MISTIE FRITZ/JASMAINE'S MOTHER; SHE WAS THERE FROM THE TIME SHE WAS THREE DAYS OLD UNTIL THE TIME THAT SHE DIED. SHE WAS SIX WEEKS OLD WHEN SHE DIED.))
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The infant died of a heart attack.
When her parents went to the hospital to pick up their daughter's remains, they say an assistant administrator handed them a plastic coffin.
The couple then asked for the baby's blanket.
It took administrators two and half hours to find the blanket-- and that's when they realized they'd given the couple the wrong baby's body.
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((DAVID HUFFMAN/JASMAINE'S FATHER; HE JUST LOOKED AT ME AS PLAIN AS DAY AND SAYS JUST POINTS DOWN TO THE COFFIN AND SAYS THAT'S NOT YOUR BABY. I MEAN IMAGINE SOMEONE IS SITTING THERE WITH TEARS IN THEIR FACE AND HE'S GOING TO LOOK AT YOU WHILE YOU'RE CRYING OVER YOUR BABY AND SAY THAT'S NOT YOUR BABY.))
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Jasmaine's body had been found in the hospital's morgue. Hospital officials blamed the switch on an employee's failure to check the tags on the bodies.
Chief of Staff Thomas Massaro says the hospital is sorry about the mistake, but adds this case is fundamentally different from the case of Rebecca Chittum and Callie Johnson, who were switched at birth at the hospital three years ago.
Mistie and David don't buy it.
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((WE'RE DOING THIS FOR JASMAINE. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. THEY ACT LIKE THEY DON'T CARE HOW MANY FAMILIES THEY'VE HURT. THEY ACT LIKE THEY DON'T CARE THAT THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS RIGHT. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SAID.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE COUPLE PLANS ON HAVING THEIR SAY ON A NATIONAL TALK SHOW SOON. MISTIE AND DAVID SAY THAT BY DOING SO THEY HOPE TO PREVENT THE SAME THING FROM HAPPENING TO SOMEONE ELSE. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
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The mother of the child whose body was mistakenly handed over to
Fritz and Huffman says she didn't find out about the error until she read about it in a Charlottesville newspaper.
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Roanoke fire officials say smoke detectors probably saved the lives of a mother and two children this morning.
Authorities say the suspicious fire broke out in the pantry of an apartment in the Lansdowne housing complex about 4 this morning.
It set off the smoke detectors, waking up Stephanie Wright and her two children.
They got out of the building on Delray Drive without injury.
The fire caused about 5-thousand dollars damage.
Authorities say the Red Cross will be contacting the family about their losses.
The investgation into what sparked the blaze is continuing.
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In the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the Canadian Navy today picked up what it believes to be a signal from the SECOND ''black box'' from Swissair Flight one- eleven.
The box contains the cockpit VOICE recorder.
Crews found the flight DATA recorder on Saturday.
It's now at a Lab in Ottowa for analysis.
Jeffrey Koffman has the latest.
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It could be a hot week on Capitol Hill.
There's word that independent counsel Kenneth Starr is just days away from delivering to Congress
the results of his four-year, forty-million-dollar investigation of President Clinton.
The probe began in 19-94 with the Whitewater affair but has since
expanded to include the White House, Travel office, missing F-B-I
files and Monica Lewinsky.
A Martinsville man is hospitalized in serious condition this afternoon after a weekend visit with his family turned violent.
Authorities say Kenneth Tyrone Moore was visiting his parents in the King's Village subdivision of Henry County when he got into an argument with neighbors.
Moore was shot three times.
Police are still investigating.
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He's been shuttled around to prisons in three different states.
Now former Virginia death row inmate Joseph Giarratano is staging a hunger strike at the Illinois prison where he is currently is incarcerated.
Giarratano wants to go back to a Virginia prison.
He was taken to the Illinois prison after he staged a similar hunger strike in a a Utah correctional facility.
Giarratano was moved out-of-state in the first place because another inmate attacked him at the Augusta Correctional Center.
Giarratano was convicted of raping and killing a Norfolk teenager in 1979. He killed her mother as well.
Former Governor Doug Wilder commuted Giarratano's death sentence to life behind bars in 1991.
Roanoke County police are awaiting a Medical Examiner's report to determine the identity of a man found dead in a motorhome Saturday.
Authorities say a passerby discovered the body of the 48-year-old in the parked vehicle on Route 220, near the Roanoke County-Franklin County border.
Police do NOT yet know the cause of death.
Investigators say they will treat this case as "suspicious", unless autopsy results indicate otherwise.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon, police in New York think they have stumbled onto the home of a serial killer.
And Labor Day is the last day on the job for hundreds of workers at a Danville plant.
Details coming up.
Right now, Kimberly has your holiday forecast.
Your Labor Day holiday is shaping up to be a hot and sunny one.
With the unseasonably warm temperatures may also come some scattered late day thunderstorms.
But hopefully, nothing to rain out YOUR barbecue.
Right now, let's take a look at the current temperatures....
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It's strike two for Boris Yeltsin.
Members of Russia's parliament today again rejected yeltsin's pick for prime minister, Vicktor Chernomyrdin.
The vote came after Yeltsin met with parliamentary leaders earlier today in hopes of ending the standoff over confirming a new government.
And as the political crisis drags on, so does the economic one.
The ruble is down again today and the Central Bank chief is offering to quit.
In Poughkeepsie, New York today police are searching the home of a suspected serial killer.
Authorities have already found the bodies of eight women inside the house and fear there could be more.
Most of the victims were reported missing over the last two years and had histories of drug use and prostitution.
The suspect is being held without bail.
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Hundreds of workers at a Danville plant are off from work for the Labor Day holiday.
But chances are they're not celebrating, because they WON'T have jobs tomorrow.
Owners of Durham Hosiery Company chose today to shutdown their Danville sock plant for good.
Owners made the announcement earlier this summer.
Some of the 350 affected workers say it's sad the closing comes on a day meant to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers.
Minority businesses in Virginia are being paired with corporate giants for new business deals.
That's the goal of the 14th annual trade fair and golf outing at Goodyear in Danville.
The event is sponsored by the Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council.
That organization was established in 1977 to encourage big business to work with minority companies.
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((TIM HANGER/MINORITY SUPPLIER COUNCIL: WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IS BLEND BOTH THE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE TRADE FAIR WITH THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF MEETING ONCE AGAIN ON THE GOLF COURSE AND DEVELOPING MORE OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MINORITY BUSINESS OWNERS AND THE MAJOR CORPORATION REPRESENTATIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Hanger/Minority Supplier Council;]
[OUT Q=major corporation representatives.]
The Minority Supplier Council has more than 120-corporate members including I-B-M, Philip Morris, and Goodyear.
Labor Day Weekend in Bedford turned into a time of reunion for war veterans of the 29th "Blue and Gray" Infantry Division.
Veterans and their families gathered at the future site of the National D-Day Memorial.
The group's commander said it was only fitting to meet at a place where a national shrine to fallen soldiers will soon stand.
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((JOSEPH MOSCATI/NATIONAL COMMANDER; LET US RESOLVE THAT WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO SEE THAT A DAY SUCH AS JUNE 6TH, 1944 NEVER, NEVER EVER HAPPENS AGAIN.))
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The four day event ended yesterday with a memorial service and a roll call of soldiers who died in the line of duty.
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(( Summer is just about over and many area students are back at school or getting ready to return.
There are some new computer products on the market that could make learning a bit easier and more fun.
Joining us to preview the products is Robin Raskin, Editor and chief and publisher of the maganize Family P-C.
Good Afternoon Robin,
In your opinion, what's the hottest new computer product for students this year?
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What are the ages it will benefit?
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Today's children are learning computers in grade school, and earlier, are parents getting up to speed so they can help their children?
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How have computers at home changed the way children study and learn today?
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The Charlotte Panthers kicked off the 98 regular season yesterday by hosting Atlanta, and the Falcons were not very gracious guests.
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The Falcons would take the early lead. Chris Chandler puts it up into the air and hits Terance Mathis on the 11 yard pass to make it 7- nothing Atlanta.
The Panthers answered in the second quarter. Kerry Collins hooks up with Wesley Walls to tie the game at 7.
Collins would find Rocket Ismail (IS-mail) on this
56 yard touchdown pass but the Falcons hold on for the 19 to 14 win.
The Redskins headed north to take on the Giants.
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Roanoke's Tiki Barber carries the ball here for seven yards on the Giants' first drive.
With the score tied at 10, Charles Waya scores on a three-yard run after a Gus Frerotte interception.
Then less than a minute later, another Frerotte pass is intercepted by Michael Strahan. He returns it 25 yards, to give the Giants a 24 to 10 lead in the third.
The Skins capped a 91 yard drive with
a 4 yard T.D. pass to Larry Bowie, but the Giants hold on for the 31 to 24 win.
[wipe wipe wipe][Ravens]
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The Pittsburgh Steelers upstaged Baltimore in the Ravens' first game at Camden Yards.
Former Steeler Rod Woodson almost picks off the Kordell Stewart pass.
In the first half, Baltimore quarterback Jim Harbaugh drops back to pass, but he's pressured by Carnell Lake and goes down with a hyper-extended ring finger.
Kordell Stewart had a good opening day. He was 14 of 27
with one touchdown and he also scored a T-D in the Steelers' 20 to 13 win.
Jeff Gordon won his fourth straight race yesterday, taking the checkered flag and the No Bull 5 million dollar bonus at the Southern 500.
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Jeff Burton was the leader after the first 57 laps.
Points leader Gordon was running in second place with Mark Martin on his bumper.
But Burton was just as strong and he would cross the line in the Exide ford to lead the race at the halfway point.
Then Martin developed a miss in his car, dropping back to the 8-th position waiting for a caution with over 130 laps to go.
Burton and Gordon battled the entire race before Gordon took a three second lead to win the Southern 500.
Burton would finish second followed by Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt and Jeremy Mayfield.
It's a two-game series made in baseball heaven.
The Cubs are visiting the Cardinals just as Sammy Sosa and Mark
McGwire close in on the record for most home runs in a season.
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McGwire with his 60 homers, needed just one more yesterday to tie the record.
But McGwire watched in the sixth as a shot lands just a few feet foul in the left field stands.
McGwire was 0 for 4 yesterday with one walk.
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Sammy Sosa has 58 homers.
Yesterday, Sosa struck out once but he managed to hit two singles, driving in a run in the Cubs match up with the Pirates.
In just a couple of days "Free Willy's" Keiko makes the big trip from Oregon to Iceland.
Wednesday, the killer whale leaves the aquarium in Newport, Oregon, for his new floating sea pen in Iceland.
The pen may look tiny from a distance, but at 250- feet long and
100- feet wide, is much bigger than the one he's used to.
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