Alibi canvass – Ruthie Foreman
After the detectives talked to Ruthie Foreman, investigators went to the hospital to speak to her co-workers about her and her activities the night Veronica Smith died.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Name: Janet Colson, CNA
Address: 118 Hillside Drive, Oxford, MS
Ms. Colson is a certified nurse's assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She works on the surgical ward assisting the nurses and plans to attend nursing school.
Colson said she didn't care much for Dr. Smith because Dr. Smith was always barking out orders to her that she wasn't qualified to do. She said she tried to explain to Dr. Smith that she was a nursing assistant and hadn't been trained to do certain tasks. Colson said Nurse Foreman had spoken to Dr. Smith about it, but Dr. Smith didn't listen.
When asked if she knew anything about the malpractice suit against Dr. Smith, Colson said it was all over the hospital. Colson said Foreman told her Dr. Smith should be prosecuted for killing that lady. Colson admitted that she didn't like Dr. Smith, but she was sure Dr. Smith didn't mean to harm her patient. Colson said she believed that Dr. Smith did care about her patients.
Colson said she was working the night Dr. Smith died. She came on around 6:00 p.m. and saw Foreman leaving as she was coming in. Foreman told Colson she would be back after grabbing something to eat.
Colson said Foreman didn't normally come back after her workday but told her as she was leaving that she had a patient that was near death and she wanted to be there for the family. Colson thought that was unusual, but she assumed Foreman knew the patient and the family.
Colson said she was busy and didn't see Foreman again that night.