Hospital accused of stealing Black babies from poor women years ago
After a woman found the daughter she thought had died at birth, an attorney now says other poor young black women may have had their babies taken from them.
In the emotional video below Zella Price was reunited with her daughter 49 years after the hospital told her that her daughter had died.
Attorney Al Watkins says he is questioning the practices at the old Homer G. Phillips Hospital which was built for African Americans in St. Louis.
“This was a well thought out scheme and artifice,” Watkins.
Watkins feels strongly that babies were taken from young mothers and then sold in the 50’s and 60’s.
He said, “There was absolutely available on the market infant black children, pay for play cash on delivery you want a baby get some money.”
Jessie Ferguson was born at the hospital and claims that he has a twin which was taken at birth.
His mother, Joyce McKinley, was 15 years old when she delivered twins at the hospital. She claims that the doctor told her the baby was dead, and he ran out of the room.
She never received a birth or death certificate for Jessie’s brother and was not allowed to bury the child.
Watkins believes dozens of women may have had their babies stolen from the hospital.
This blog has covered the eugenics attitude toward Blacks at this time.
The St. Louis County Council has now passed a resolution calling on “complete disclosure” of all public health records from the hospital.