Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has
reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of an
out-of-wedlock child whose biological father committed suicide in
Palm Beach County.
The justices Thursday rejected arguments by a psychiatrist and
hospital to disallow the suit because at conception and birth the
child's mother was married to another man who should be considered
the father although they were separated.
The family of the biological father, Shea Daniels, alleges Dr.
Jonathan Greenfield and St. Mary's Medical Center negligently
discharged Daniels after he'd been assessed as possibly suicidal.
A trial judge dismissed the case as it pertained to the child.
It now returns to trial court for further proceedings.
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