WASHINGTON COUNTY - Attorneys argued in court Friday whether a lawsuit over the death of a former Smithsburg fire company volunteer and her unborn baby should be dismissed.
After more than an hour of oral arguments, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. did not offer a decision, but pledged to have one in writing "as promptly as I can."
Four years after Christina Lynn Hess, 20, died from complications connected to her pregnancy, her mother and her fianc are suing a variety of entities and individuals over their roles in the emergency medical response.
Hess' unborn son, Hunter, died along with his mother on March 5, 2003.
The $4 million lawsuit alleges that a bitter dispute between the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and the ambulance company played a part in the care Hess received. The Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services chief at the time could be heard on a 911 tape mocking the medical call and belittling the fire department.