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Woman Rushed to Hospital to See Her Son After He Was Shot, Refused Entry and Arrested

Police arrested the grieving mother of an 18-year-old gunshot wound victim. The mother had raced to the hospital to see her son when she heard he had been shot, but the hospital refused to let her in because they were on lockdown.

Ultimately, the woman was arrested as her family members watched helplessly. They still don't understand what the mother did wrong.

Cheirha Rankins of York, Pennsylvania got a call from her ex on Tuesday afternoon. It was bad news. He told her that their son, Nylik Moore, had been shot. The mother rushed to the scene down the street to see what was happening.

By the time Rankins got to the scene of the crime, police had taped off the entire area. An officer told the mother that Nylik was just rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The mother headed to the hospital and approached the desk at the emergency room. She asked to see her son, but they wouldn't let her.

The hospital staff said the place was on lockdown, which is routine after victims of violent crimes are brought into the ER. Both Nylik and another young man, 20-year-old Jashan Wilson, had been shot. Family members and friends of both victims, as well as police, were swarming the hospital, and staff said it was a safety issue.

The worried mother didn't even know yet that her son had passed away. She was praying that he was still alive, hoping that she could help give him strength by being there with him.

"I thought I could save his life if he heard my voice," Rankins said, sobbing. "I just wanted him to hear my voice."

The crowd became disorderly, so police arrived and began ordering people to leave. Rankin tried to explain to the officers that her son was shot and she was waiting to see him, but they told her to go away. She was then arrest4ed.

A family member filmed the arrest, showing the chaotic scene with people screaming at police. "Dumb--- cops, don't know how to do their jobs," screamed one woman.

Lamar Sistrunk, Rankins' fiancé, tried to reason with police as they placed the woman in handcuffs. "She just lost her son... What if that was your son in there?"

"My son wouldn't be in that predicament," the officer responded coldly, telling Sistrunk to back up.

"He didn't have any beef with anybody on the streets," said Rankins, who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

The charges were later dropped.
Mayor Michael Helfrich had dinner with Moore's family to try and understand what happened. "Neither the city nor the hospital is happy with what happened here," he said, nothing that the procedures are being reviewed.

"Our goal is to make sure that people are treated with respect and treated the same way every time," the mayor said. "I'm a person who wants justice."

Chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for the hospital, Shelly Buck, says she's unhappy with the way things were handled. "These are our patients and our neighbors, and we’re deeply sorry for the pain they’re experiencing," said in a statement.

"We believe strongly that family members should have the opportunity to be with their loved ones at these difficult times, and we regret that we did not make appropriate accommodations to ensure that occurred in this case. It was a very challenging and complex situation for all involved."

Source: USA Today
Photos: 13MAZ, Buzz Feed, Twitter

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