It is unknown whether [Wood] and [Marie Hansen]'s conduct simply was inept or disturbingly conspiratorial in the zeal to hold someone accountable for the death of a child. Their sloppy records in the Long case include listing the wrong gender for the baby and contradictory accounts of the existence of subarachnoid hemorrhage - bleeding in the brain. Inexplicably, the autopsy report contains no documentation of the baby's pneumonia-filled lungs.
Wood, who approved Hansen's autopsy of Long, has little credibility left. Her mishandling of the autopsy of Lisa McPherson forced prosecutors to drop criminal charges against the Church of Scientology two years ago. Wood, in 1995, said McPherson had died of complications from dehydration after spending 17 days in the care of fellow Scientologists. In 2000, she said the death was accidental.
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