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State Medical Examiner: Autopsy on Baby in Fatal Fire Incorrect

Posted May 22, 2007

— A baby found inside a burned-out apartment did not die from alcohol poisoning as previously reported.

State Chief Medical Examiner Dr. John Butts said that samples that tested positive for high alcohol levels were from another person and not Dayna Elamrani Carranza. He said the samples in vials were mislabeled, leading to an incorrect autopsy.

The 11-month-old baby and her mother, Rosa Elena Carranza-Morales, 26, were found in a unit at the Pines of Ashton apartment complex in February.

Investigators said Noureddine Elamrani, 30, stabbed the baby's mother before setting the home on fire and shooting himself.

Butts said the correct samples are being retested. Those results will hopefully be ready by the end of the week.


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  • fayettevilledoug May 23, 2007

    More ammunition for a good defense attorney that wants to get his client off the hook.....

  • jeebk04 May 23, 2007

    I work with ME's at a local hospital everyday, so I know exactly what ME's do and the scope of their responsbilities.

  • jeebk04 May 23, 2007

    alwayscool, the ME does not oversee the entire dept. the ME relies on the competency of a lot of people under him/her. And if the people under him/her do not do their job correctly, it is their individual fault, not the ME. He reads the information that is presented to him/her only. You really should get a better understanding of an ME's job before you so carelessly blame.

  • alwaysCool May 22, 2007

    Jeeb -ME is still responsible for making sure that ALL the informations is right. They oversee the department. When the results showed a alcohol level on a child, then a questions should have been addressed then and b4 it was announced. Now are we certain that the next results are correct? Are they the right persons results??

  • jeebk04 May 22, 2007

    So, so far, only one mistake has been made.......

  • jeebk04 May 22, 2007

    From N&O article "A sexual-assault examination was not performed during the autopsy, though the City-County Bureau of Identification had requested one."
    This is all that was said folks. Just because one was requested by another agency, does not mean that the State ME's has to jump and do one. They have their own processes and methods to determine is one if necessary, and obviously they did not feel one was necessary. They have to document why or why not, adn will have to provide this info if an investigation is ever done. They just don't say oh well, we don't feel like doing one today. They are mandated by policy to DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT.

  • Just Mojo May 22, 2007

    oooops i did it again

  • msudawg May 22, 2007

    Two big mistakes in this short of a period of time, somebody need to find out what is going on.

  • jeebk04 May 22, 2007

    Investigate, absolutely! Blame and hype the unfortunate event up, no.

  • jeebk04 May 22, 2007

    Maybe there is a difference between a "request" being made and one being actually having felt to be justified a being "necessary". There are a lot of ifs and questions and details in these cases. And for anyone to just place blame so haphazardly is not fair, IMHO.