EMTs' inaction on break decried

NEW YORK — Two EMTs on a coffee break who failed to help a dying pregnant woman acted "to the best of their abilities," their lawyer said Tuesday, while the woman's mother condemned them as "inhuman."

The EMTs, Jason Green and Melissa Jackson, were suspended without pay and the Brooklyn district attorney opened a criminal investigation into the case. State health officials, who called the inaction "appalling," were also investigating along with the city's fire department, which oversees EMTs.

The two emergency workers were at the eatery when Eutisha Rennix, an employee, collapsed. Witnesses have said the EMTs told workers to call 911, then left when they were asked to help the woman, a mother of a 3-year-old son who was expecting her second child.

Cynthia Rennix, the mother of the 25-year-old woman, said the EMTs shouldn't have taken those jobs if they weren't willing to get involved in emergency situations.

"You are very inhuman; you don't need to have a job like you do," she said.