A federal judge has dismissed a $1 million civil rights lawsuit filed by a Drexel Hill couple who blamed Delaware County officials for the crib death of the baby they were trying to adopt.
"I cannot permit such a case to go to a jury," U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. wrote in an opinion filed this week in Philadelphia. "Plaintiffs must present more than mere allegations, bare assertions or simple suspicions."
The case was filed in December by Ed and Joan Young. The Youngs had been in the process of adopting their 10-month-old foster son, whom they called Jed, when the child died on April 2, 1991. The unexplained death was attributed to sudden infant death syndrome.