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Army Says Rules Not Followed In Ky. Soldier's Death

Spc. Megan Lynn Touma, 23, whose body was found Saturday morning, June 21, 2008, in a Fayetteville, N.C., motel room. Police have ruled the death suspicious. A former commander says the pregnant soldier was excited to be mother. (AP PHOTO)

Spc. Megan Lynn Touma, 23, whose body was found Saturday morning, June 21, 2008, in a Fayetteville, N.C., motel room. Police have ruled the death suspicious. A former commander says the pregnant soldier was excited to be mother. (AP PHOTO)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Army has determined a pregnant
soldier's unit didn't follow procedures to keep track of her after she arrived at Fort Bragg.
But the report issued Thursday said the oversights and mistakes
would not have prevented the death of 23-year-old Spc. Megan L. Touma.
The report said the non-commissioned officer in charge of Touma's unit, the 19th Replacement Co., failed to follow "a number of redundant checks and balances."
Touma was a dental specialist from Cold Spring, Ky., who came to
Fort Bragg in June. Touma's body was found in a motel room bathtub
June 21. She last reported to the unit June 12 at 2 a.m. after arriving from a base in Germany.
Sgt. Edgar Patino was the father of Touma's unborn baby and has
been charged in her death.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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