The Campaign For DA

5.17.2006

Courthouse News

Looks like a civil suit wrapped up today at the courthouse where the jury rejected the plaintiffs' wrongful death claims. It appears that a newborn of Mellisa Ann Casillas and Dewey Peters died shortly after birth of "DiGeorge's Syndrome". They sued claiming that metroplex doctors Anissa August, Michael Willcuts, and Chanda Simpson were negligent in failing to diagnosis the ailment. The jury, voting 10-2, didn't agree. A courthouse filing on 1/10/05 stated that the Plaintiffs had offered to settle with Dr. Willcuts for $1.3 million. He rejected the demand. The suit was filed in Wise County because the child had been born at the Wise Regional Hospital before being transferred to Cook's. Edit: A loyal reader calls my attention to the fact that Dr. Anissa August is local.