BANDON, Ore. -- A Coos County grand jury has indicted a Bandon midwife on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of an infant delivered last year.
Marcene Rebeck, a lay midwife for 30 years, told The World newspaper of Coos Bay that the indictment was handed down last week, and she is trying to raise money to hire an attorney.
The newspaper reports that the baby was a few days old when it died after a long labor and home birth. The cause of death was listed as septis, an illness in which the body has a severe response to bacteria or other germs.
District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said he would not comment until the July 30 arraignment.