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Candler Responds to Lawsuit, says Hospital Not Responsible for Woman Being Raped

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Attorneys for Candler Hospital are responding to a lawsuit recently filed on behalf of a woman who was raped after being carjacked from the Candler parking in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 9.

A lawsuit filed by the victim claimed that the hospital had not provided adequate security but was responsible for doing so. The victim's attorney Mark Tate also told News 3 that other people had been approached by the assailant in the parking lot that same morning.

In a filing in Chatham County state court late Friday, attorneys for Candler disputed that the facility holds any liability regarding the crime. At one point in the filing, attorneys write "No negligent act or omission on the part of this Defendant (Candler) caused and or contributed to any of the Plaintiffs' alleged injuries and/or damages, and therefor, this Defendant is not liable to the Plaintiffs."

Police say about 7:30 on that Sunday morning, a 31 year old woman who is 18 weeks pregnant was accosted by the suspect in the parking lot as she was going to work. She was then forced at gunpoint to drive the assailant to an ATM and was later attacked and raped.

The hospital argues that it was not negligent. Hospital attorneys writing "The attack and injury ...was caused by the assailant in this case. Nothing this Hospital did or did not do would have prevented this criminal from dashing onto its property and in a matter of seconds carjacking the victim of this crime."

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