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Hospital Clerk's Child Allegedly Told Patients that They Had


Washington Post (03/01/95) P. A17

In Jacksonville, Fla., the 13-year-old daughter of a hospital clerk was arrested on Monday after calling people treated at the hospital's emergency room and telling them that they were HIV-positive. Police Sergeant Malcolm Adams said the girl had visited her mother at work over the weekend and took a list of patients' phone numbers with her. The girl has been charged with three counts of making threats, one count of assault, and one count of aggravated assault. Seven patients said they had received prank calls. A 16-year-old patient had to be restrained from trying to commit suicide when she received the false test results. Jan Olson, a hospital spokeswoman, said the hospital will call all patients who were treated in the emergency room over the weekend to make sure that no one else was given phony information. She also said that the girl's mother could face dismissal for divulging confidential information to her daughter. Related Story: New York Times (03/01) P. B7


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