When the paramedics arrived, they found a 20-year-old woman, later identified as Ms. Beauchamp, who was not breathing. “The paramedics performed CPR and other life-reviving methods for 30 minutes,” Chief Menifee said. “Given medical readings and the condition of the patient, it was determined at that time that she did not have signs of life.”
In an interview with WDIV-TV, Ms. Beauchamp’s mother, Erica Lattimore, said the emergency responders had then told her that her daughter had died. “They said, ‘Ma’am, she’s gone,’” Ms. Lattimore said. “I told them, ‘Are you absolutely 100 percent sure that she’s gone?’ They said, ‘Yes, ma’am, she’s gone.’”
Ms. Lattimore could not be reached on Tuesday.
Later on Sunday morning, after spending more than two hours in a body bag, Ms. Beauchamp arrived at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals, where an employee discovered that she was alive, breathing with her eyes open, Mr. Fieger said. The funeral home, he said, then called Ms. Lattimore and sent Ms. Beauchamp to the hospital.
“This devastated my life,” Ms. Lattimore told WDIV.
On Monday, the Southfield Fire Department issued a second statement saying an emergency department physician had pronounced Ms. Beauchamp dead based on medical information that emergency responders provided by phone from the scene.
“The Southfield Fire and Police Departments followed all appropriate city, county and state protocols and procedures in this case,” the department said, adding that the city was investigating the matter. The Oakland County Medical Control Authority is also investigating, the Fire Department said, and will report its findings to the Michigan Bureau of E.M.S., Trauma and Preparedness.