Couple files federal lawsuit over forcible ejection from Pa. hospital room

UPMC spokeswoman says allegations about circumstances surrounding couple's ouster are inaccurate


June 25--Pittsburgh police and UPMC Mercy staff violated a grieving couple's privacy rights in June 2012 by forcibly ejecting them from the room where the wife's son, the victim of a shooting, was lying dead, the couple said in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Police said at the time of the incident that Earl and Troi Baldwin interfered with doctors still trying to save the life of Mileek Grissom, 23, of Beechview. The Baldwins, age and address unknown, say in their lawsuit that Grissom was already dead when they arrived at the hospital.

Hospital staff kept Troi Baldwin from seeing her son at all, the lawsuit says. Earl Baldwin was initially allowed into the room where his stepson lay, but moments later, hospital security and city police ordered him to leave and used a Taser when he fought with them, the lawsuit says.

"Clearly, this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family," said UPMC spokeswoman Susan Manko. "However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate."

The Baldwins' attorneys, Joel Sansone and Massimo Terzigni, and Pittsburgh Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez Ridge couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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