Lawsuit: Jailers Ignored Woman as She Gave Birth in Cell -- and the Baby Died

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Wichita County Jail may have cost a mother her child.
A woman jailed in Wichita County two years ago for drug possession says jail guards and a nurse ignored her pleas for help as she gave birth alone in a jail cell.

Nicole Guerrero claims in her lawsuit, filed in a Dallas federal court, that she was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she "experienced severe pain and cramping," but that a Wichita County Jail nurse "determined at the time Guerrero was not in labor," according to CNN.

CNN reports that "Guerrero claims she tried to get medical attention throughout the night and into the early morning hours as her pain worsened, but that she was ignored by [the nurse] and the guards on duty. Finally...around 5 a.m. on June 12, a detention officer walking by her cell helped her deliver the baby. The court filing said the baby was not breathing when it was born and that the umbilical cord was wrapped around its neck."

The baby was "later pronounced dead at a local hospital," according to the suit.

In addition to nurse LaDonna Anderson, defendants in the suit include Wichita County, the county sheriff's office, and Anderson's employer, Correctional Healthcare Management, Inc.

Wichita County District Attorney Maureen Shelton told CNN that "We are prohibited (from talking) about pending litigation in Texas because we are representing the county in this case."

These are serious allegations. We'll keep you posted.


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