EMMC retains doctor during domestic violence investigation

Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 12:55 p.m.
Last modified May 02, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The charges against the parties listed below were dismissed on Oct. 9, 2012. See story.  

BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center is awaiting the findings of a police investigation into allegations that one of its new doctors threatened to throw his infant daughter out of a second-story window.

In a notice on its website, EMMC said it was aware of “recent allegations against one of our newly hired employees.” The notice does not name the employee, but Kelly Pearson, a communications specialist at the hospital, identified Gurpreet Singh, 30, of Bangor as the subject of the notice.

Singh’s arrest was reported in a July 22 Bangor Daily News story. Singh and his father, Harbhajan Singh, 65, were charged with Class D misdemeanor domestic violence and criminal threatening after police were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence off Stillwater Avenue.

The men allegedly tried to grab the one-month-old girl from her mother and threatened to throw the infant out of the home’s window after an argument about the baby’s sex. The child’s mother told police that her husband had been upset with her since the day he found out he was not going to have a son.

Both men were released on bail and are scheduled for an Aug. 22 court hearing.

“The employee, who brought the issue to our attention, denies the allegations and is confident he will be cleared of these charges when all of the facts come to light,” the hospital’s notice read. “EMMC is also closely following the police investigation and will take appropriate action, if action is warranted, when the investigation is concluded.”

Attorney Jeffrey Silverstein, who is representing Gurpreet Singh, said Thursday his client strongly denies any misconduct.

“He has a spotless background. There is no history of his having bias against females or girls. His sister is well educated and held in high regard. These allegations are preposterous and he is hopeful this will be resolved through the legal system,” Silverstein said.

Gurpreet Singh’s hire date at EMMC was July 22, Pearson said, the same day the article appeared. He is working as a hospitalist at EMMC, she said.

EMMC conducts criminal background checks on all employees, but could not disclose the results of Singh’s, Pearson said.

EMMC employs other physicians with the same or a similar last name. The notice directs patients with questions or concerns to call Pearson at 973-7740.

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