LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An infant that was at the center of a court battle to keep him on life-support has died, according to Louisville Metro Police.
Kosair Children's Hospital shortly removed the infant from life support after Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled Tuesday afternoon that the hospital, and its staff had no legal obligation to maintain artificial respiration, circulation or render any other medical intervention or treatment to Issac Lopez, who was declared brain dead.
Two-month-old Isaac Lopez was admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital on June 29 with a skull fracture and a hematoma.
Juan Lopez Rosales is charged with criminal abuse and police said he is responsible for the injuries to his infant son Issac Lopez. Rosales is also being looked at by immigration; that agency has put a hold on him at Metro Corrections.
Rosales has pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Louisville Metro Police said when the coroner officially notifies them that the child is dead they will upgrade the charges on the father to murder.
Norton Healthcare released the following statement:
"We acknowledge the Court’s ruling, but no one has prevailed in this matter. The death of an innocent child under any circumstances is a tragedy. We can now give Isaac the dignity he deserves at the end of his young life by allowing his body to pass naturally."