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Supreme Court won't hear 1982 'Baby Doe' case

The US Supreme Court, avoiding the controversy over caring for handicapped babies, refused Monday to review the case of a ''Baby Doe'' who died after being denied food and medical care at an Indiana hospital.

The Baby Doe case rejected by the court involves a child diagnosed as being severely handicapped.

The parents, backed by doctors and the courts, allowed food and medical treatment to be withheld and decided against corrective surgery. The baby died in April 1982, while his court-appointed guardian was on his way to appeal the ruling to the US Supreme Court. The Indiana Supreme Court declined in June 1983 to resolve the legal issues in the case, or to open the case's sealed records.

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