Baby’s Death Ruled Homicide
BOSTON (AP) _ A medical examiner ruled Friday that the death of an infant delivered by Caesarean section after its mother was shot to death was a homicide, adding a second murder charge if a suspect is ever found.
Suffolk County Medical Examiner Gerald Feigin concluded after an autopsy that the 17-day-old boy died Thursday as a result of complications stemming from the gunshot wound his mother sustained last month. The infant was eight weeks premature.
Christopher Stuart died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the same hospital where his parents had attended a birthing class the night they were shot.
Carol Stuart, 30, a lawyer who was seven months pregnant, and her husband, Charles, 29, a furrier, were accosted in their car at a stop light a few minutes after they left the hospital. A gunman forced them to drive a short distance where he robbed them and shot Mrs. Stuart in the head and her husband in the abdomen. Charles Stuart managed to contact rescuers using a cellular telephone in his car.
Mrs. Stuart died shortly after delivering the baby. Christopher Stuart remained at the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital until his death.
Charles Stuart, who has been hospitalized since the shooting, was taken by ambulance from Boston City Hospital to Brigham and Women’s on Thursday where his son lay dying.
″Everybody in the city of Boston was really praying beyond hope that Christopher would make it,″ Mayor Raymond L. Flynn said.
Charles Stuart was back at Boston City Hospital on Friday, listed in stable condition. His brother, Mark Stuart, said the family has retained a lawyer to handle inquiries from reporters.
″We’ve all suffered enough, we can’t say anymore,″ he said Friday.
The gunman remains at large, and Flynn said police were still pursuing leads.