Mother sues over baby mix-up at Minneapolis hospital

Seeking more than $50,000 in damages

A Minnesota woman has filed a lawsuit against a health care provider, after her newborn was mistakenly given to another mother at a hospital and breastfed.

Tammy Van Dyke, of Apple Valley, recently filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County, seeking more than $50,000 in damages for an incident that happened four years ago. Van Dyke gave birth to her son on December 3, 2012, at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

The lawsuit contends that the hospital failed to care for her infant who was mistakenly taken to the wrong mother.

The Associated Press reports the hospital’s operator, Allina Health, says it has since started using electronic ID bands for mothers and infants.

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