As the investigation continues into the May 12 discovery of Shanin Path in a coma along the roadway near Bass Lake, her husband Jim "Jimbo" Crosbie says Path's mother, Rolayne Oswall, had her transported by ambulance from Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center June 16 to Southern California without his knowledge.
As of Tuesday, Crosbie said he is sure his wife is in an Orange County long-term rehab center near where her mother lives, but does not know exactly where.
"I understand the pain Shanin's mother is going through, but she needs to understand I also love her (Shanin)," Crosbie said. "I know she is taking good care of her ... I'm more mad at the hospital and the social workers over the way this happened ... It's not right."
Crosbie, 54, said he and Path have been together since 1994 and were married in Las Vegas on Feb. 12, 2000.
According to a close friend, Path, 43, has fought through a bout of pneumonia, had a breathing tube removed from her throat and has been breathing on her own, although she remains in a coma nearly seven weeks after the incident.
On June 11, Path's mother asked Crosbie about moving Shanin to a rehab facility in Santa Ana.
"As I'm leaving the hospital, Shanin's mother calls me and tells me they have found a rehab facility in Santa Ana for Shanin," Crosbie said. "I was not prepared to make that decision right then and there. I asked her mother to give me some time to think it over since I did not want my wife taken that far from Fresno."
According to Crosbie, he returned to the hospital the next day and met with a representative of Fresno County Social Services and a person from the hospital's discharge department.
"I asked them to put Shanin in the Fresno hospital's rehab center because I didn't want her to be moved to Southern California" Crosbie said. "I showed them our marriage certificate and copies of paperwork I am filing with the court to have conservatorship of Shanin."
His next visit was on Path's birthday, June 16. He arrived at the hospital about 10 a.m. and was told she was discharged that morning to 'next of kin,' her mother, and the location she was being taken to could not be revealed.
"The hospital would not tell me where she was taken to," Crosbie said. "It took five days for her mother to return a text message to me that said Shanin 'was fine ... I am taking good care of her,' but she still would not tell me exactly where she is. I guess because I am a suspect ... normal protocol and I understand that ... her mother feels I should not be able to see her. If the police felt I was a threat to Shanin, they would have never allowed me in the hospital room. This is uncalled for ... this is not the way it should be. She should be near me and her friends. You can't just take her away ... I know her mom loves her, but so do I."
Crosbie said he signed the paperwork that allowed Path's life-saving emergency surgery to relieve the brain swelling when she was taken to the emergency room and was the emergency contact for her.
"They told me if the doctor had not performed the emergency surgery she would have died within two hours," Crosbie said. "I was here to sign those papers. The hospital had my phone number and I'm upset they did not notify me of my wife's discharge."
Mary Lisa Russell, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed last Friday that Path was no longer in the hospital but was unable to comment on the specifics of the release due to confidentiality laws.
"Hospital discharge practices and policies are highly controlled, highly regulated and highly managed," said Lynne Ashbeck, regional vice president of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, a hospital trade association with about 200 member hospitals in the region. "Hospitals are required to ensure a safe discharge and follow all procedures to make sure that happens. There is no way a hospital would discharge someone without following the proper procedures. No one is going to walk off the street and say I want to take a person out of a hospital ... that is just not possible."
"The hospital turned Shanin over to me for her care and safety," Oswell said.
Oswell said her daughter was seeking a divorce from Crosbie, that he has been abusive to her in the past and that she was not living with him at the time of the incident.
Crosbie acknowledged that he and Path were separated at the time of the incident but that he has never physically harmed her.
"We have had some problems just like any other couple that has been together for almost 20 years," Crosbie said. "There has never been any domestic violence between us."
"I don't have a good day anymore -- They are all bad," Crosbie said. "I just want Shanin to wake up and be able to recognize her family and friends and be able to say what happened to her."
"I can't believe that they can just take someone's wife away and keep the husband and the father out of the loop," Crosbie said. "Shanin would not want it this way and her friends in this town feel the same."
Crosbie said he has contacted an attorney in hopes of finding out where she is.
Path was a part-time bartender at The Dirty Donkey, a bar located inside the Jade Gazebo Restaurant building on Highway 41 in Oakhurst and had previously worked at Tavis Corp. in Mariposa.
Path was found on the side of the road shortly after 8:30 p.m. May 12 near the intersection of Bass Lake Road (222) and Road 274.
What was first reported as a vehicle versus pedestrian accident, California Highway Patrol investigators said Path's injuries were consistent with being beat and then dumped out of her Jeep.
Crosbie does not agree with that, saying everyone liked her and no one would do that to her. He said a doctor told him after Path's surgery that the injuries could have come from a car wreck, being hit by a car or falling off something high.
According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, Path was last seen driving her 2004 Jeep Wrangler in Ahwahnee around 7 p.m. on May 12. She had played in a golf tournament that day at Sierra Meadows Country Club in Ahwahnee and was supposed to meet with friends in Oakhurst for dinner, but never showed up.
Her Jeep was located five days later on private property off Road 222. An out-of-town couple discovered the Jeep on their property when they came for a visit.
At that time Erica Stuart, public information officer for the sheriff's office, said detectives were working on the case but the incident was a real mystery.
Stuart said last week the investigation is still ongoing and the department is precluded from sharing any details of the case at this time.
Crosbie said he has cooperated 100% with law enforcement during the investigation.
"I haven't gone anywhere or changed anything that I do. I have totally cooperated and have nothing to hide."
Anyone with information about the May 12 incident is asked to contact the sheriff's office, (559) 675-7770 or Crime Stoppers, (559) 498-STOP.