Family Disputes Medical Examiner’s Report Lauren Smith-Fields’ Death Was Accidental


Lauren Smith-Fields’ family has a problem with part of the autopsy report – specifically, the manner of her death.

Police found Smith-Fields’ body in her home in December after a 911 call. A criminal investigation was opened 44 days after her death, just one day after her autopsy results were released.

Darnell Crosland, the Smith-Fields’ family attorney, sent a letter to the state medical examiner challenging their findings that his manner of death was ruled accidental.

According to the incident report, that 911 caller was a man Smith-Fields met on Bumble — whom police did not name as a suspect. At least one Bridgeport Police Department detective is on administrative leave processing his case.

Lisa Dadio, a retired New Haven Police Department lieutenant and professor at the University of New Haven, said while the full facts of the case have not been fully released, she is not surprised. results.

The state medical examiner’s office told News 12 it does not comment on specific cases, but said “in general, if new information is presented to us about a death, we will consider that new information.” .


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