Woman Fatally Injured in Boyfriend Slash Attack-Bleeds Out Waiting for 911

Another reason to get out of that relationship where the guy constantly hits you. A man who is not mature enough to talk things over with you or refrain from hitting you when angry will go the extra mile and do more than just hit you one day. Usually, a man who hits never stops.

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Brooklyn woman bled out from box-cutter attack during delay to get medical help dispatched

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


	Raynell Howington, 49, died May 3 after her boyfriend slashed her with a box cutter and beat her, and dangerously low staffing at the city’s 911 call center may have contributed to a delay in getting medical attention to her.
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Raynell Howington, 49, died May 3 after her boyfriend slashed her with a box cutter and beat her, and dangerously low staffing at the city’s 911 call center may have contributed to a delay in getting medical attention to her.

It was a call for help that ended in a homicide — and an ambulance dispatched so late that paramedics were robbed of a potential shot at saving a woman’s life.

A Brooklyn woman gashed with a box cutter by her boyfriend was left unconscious and bleeding without medical care for 15 minutes after a 911 call got lost in the city’s emergency response system, the Daily News has learned.

Dangerously low staffing levels and human error in the overworked system may have contributed to the delay in getting an ambulance to the scene, according to documents obtained by The News.

Relatives were outraged by the fate of Raynell Howington, 49, whose death was declared a homicide by the city medical examiner.

“I just laid my mom to rest, and this is a terrible, shocking tragedy,” said Carmelia Howington, one of the dead woman’s five children. “There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”

Howington died May 3 after she was attacked in the lobby of the group facility on MacDougal St. in Brownsville where she lived. She suffered slash wounds to her neck that cut her trachea and jugular vein, an autopsy showed.

Raynell Howington, gashed with a box cutter by her boyfriend was left unconscious and bleeding without medical care for 15 minutes after a 911 call got lost in the city’s emergency response system.
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Raynell Howington, gashed with a box cutter by her boyfriend was left unconscious and bleeding without medical care for 15 minutes after a 911 call got lost in the city’s emergency response system.

The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment, and the FDNY said only that the emergency response is being investigated.

Sources involved in the 911 system at both agencies said officials have pulled recordings of the incident for internal review. The records, reviewed by The News, revealed that an NYPD operator at 1:44 p.m. answered a call for help for a woman under attack. The operator tried to switch the call to a medically trained FDNY/EMS dispatcher, but no one was available.

Ringing no answer,” read the operator’s notes.

As The News reported earlier this month, FDNY staffing at its 911 EMS call center is down about 300 employees. The agency is training new hires at a frantic pace to address the shortage.

NYPD operators are likewise stretched thin as the agency tries to train workers on a new computer system, sources said.

The NYPD’s 911 operator told the caller that help was on the way and immediately alerted a squad car. The medical information was transferred via computer to the relay EMS operator.

Benjamin Braxton, Raynell Howington's boyfriend, was charged with the murder.
Benjamin Braxton, Raynell Howington’s boyfriend, was charged with the murder.

The call was entered into the EMS system at 1:46 p.m. as an “injury,” records show — not a high-priority emergency, even though the NYPD operator correctly noted Howington was unconscious and “bleeding heavily.”But those critical details were apparently missed.

Cops were at the address by 1:47 p.m., records show, and immediately alerted EMS dispatchers by computer that the situation was dire.

“Rush EMS to location,” said the first message at 1:48 p.m., stating that Howington had been slashed by a box cutter.

Two minutes later, the cops signaled time was running out.

“Female likely at this time,” the officers messaged EMS, meaning Howington was on the verge of death.

Cops were also sending computerized messages back and forth to each other — notes that are visible to EMS operators if the overloaded personnel have time to read them. “Female cut all over heavy bleeding,” cops wrote.

Family members of Raynell Howington react to the horrifying news of the stabbing.
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Family members of Raynell Howington react to the horrifying news of the stabbing.

Seven minutes later, at 1:57 p.m., cops noted Howington was “confirmed DOA at this time.”

Four minutes later, at 2:01 p.m., an EMS operator finally appeared to react.

The call’s status was changed to the highest-possible priority, records show. An ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:04 p.m. But it was too late.

It’s not clear whether the delay in getting an ambulance to the scene within those first critical minutes would have saved the woman’s life. Her boyfriend, Benjamin Braxton, 49, was charged with her murder.

Matthew Howington, another one of the victim’s children, said the family was devastated.

“We loved our mom so much,” he said. “She did everything for her kids. I just wish we could have prevented this.”

Culled from nydailynews.com

 

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