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Man Arrested After Assaulting Paramedics Who Were Assisting His Dying Mother

Via NY Dailynews:

The hotheaded son of a dying Brooklyn woman assaulted emergency responders he thought were taking too long — hampering their efforts to save her, sources said. Diane Carter, 54, died as her son, Dexter Malik Carter, 22, was arrested for injuring an EMS worker during the chaotic 911 response in Brownsville Friday. “He prevented EMS from rendering medical service to his mother,” a police source said of Dexter Malik Carter, who was charged for punching a responder.

The wild incident began when Dexter’s brother, Bernard Carter, 26, made a 911 call at 12:21 p.m., complaining their sick mother was not eating and feeling weak. Such a call is given less priority than more urgent emergencies by the city’s busy EMS crews, sources said. The call became a higher priority eight minutes later, when Bernard again dialed 911, this time to report his mom was vomiting blood.

Fourteen minutes after the initial call, EMS workers arrived at the Glenmore Plaza housing project, and were met by an enraged Dexter Carter, who decked one of them in the face, officials said. The EMS worker was taken to Kings County Hospital with swelling and bruises to his face, officials said. Other EMS workers tended to Diane Carter — who had gone into cardiac arrest — but they were too late. She was declared dead at the scene at 1:13 p.m.

She died of hypertension and heart disease, with obesity as a significant contributing factor, according to the city medical examiner. Dexter was arraigned Saturday and released without bail. The remorseful son told the Daily News on Sunday that he was upset the EMS workers seemed jovial and nonchalant when they arrived to treat his mother.

“I wasn’t in my right state of mind,” he said. “I just saw my mother throw up waterfalls of blood,” he added. “She was my inspiration.”

A former security guard, Diane Carter had a longstanding thyroid problem and had been treated at Brookdale University Hospital for pain in her legs just days before her death, her family said.

Dexter Carter has more than 10 prior arrests going back to 2006, ranging from weapon and drug possession to assault.

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