When Jillian Robinson brought her 10-month-old son to Advocate Christ Medical Center because of a strange mark on his ear, doctors thought it was a bruise and assumed, that because she was Black, she had abused him, Robinson alleges in a lawsuit filed late last month.
The mark on Robinson’s son’s ear turned out to be a likely birthmark — not a bruise, according to the lawsuit, which was filed April 20 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Yet doctors at Advocate Christ in Oak Lawn involved the Department of Children and Family Services shortly after meeting Robinson last year, before they knew, for sure, what the mark was, the lawsuit alleges. They then performed medically unnecessary tests on her son, such as a head CT and bone scan to “support their presumption of child abuse after making a DCFS report,” the lawsuit alleges.
A DCFS caseworker told Robinson she might have to place her son in foster care, and ultimately required her and her son to live with her uncle for about a week after leaving the hospital, the lawsuit alleges.
Advocate Christ “and its staff made false assumptions about Ms. Robinson based on her race,” according to the complaint. “Based solely on those assumptions and before conducting a medical examination to confirm (Advocate Christ) and its staff jumped to the conclusion that the mark was an
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