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Woman accused of illegally practicing midwifery pleads not guilty

Elizabeth Caitlin, in pink sweater, surrounded by supporters in court on Jan. 28. Photo: The Chronicle-Express. Elizabeth Caitlin, in pink sweater, surrounded by supporters in court on Jan. 28.

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Updated: March 09, 2020 04:35 PM
Created: January 29, 2020 08:23 PM

PENN YAN, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Yates County woman facing 95 charges, including criminally negligent homicide and unauthorized practice of midwifery entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday.

Our news partner, The Chronicle-Express reports she was released on her own recognizance, and the $15,000 bail that was already paid was transferred from Penn Yan Village Court to Yates County Court.

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54-year-old Elizabeth Caitlin is also charged with 31 counts each of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first degree falsifying business records, and second degree identity theft for possessing and submitting falsified and forged lab submission forms.

She’s accused of practicing midwifery in New York without the proper certification.

The criminally negligent homicide charge is from an incident in October 2018 where Catlin allegedly transported a woman in labor to FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. 

The baby was born there, but died while being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Catlin is due back in court on April 14.


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