Army says rules not followed in NC soldier death

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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