Inmate gives birth alone in Tennessee jail cell after seeking medical help

14:27 30.08.2023

Inmate at Tennessee Jail Gives Birth Alone in Cell After Seeking Medical Help

An alarming incident unfolded at a Tennessee jail when an inmate gave birth alone in her cell after desperately seeking medical assistance. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that both the inmate and her newborn were subsequently hospitalized and are currently in stable condition.

According to the statement released by the sheriff's office on Tuesday, the distressing situation began when an inmate housed in a medical pod raised concerns about her health at approximately 11:31 a.m. on Sunday. The inmate promptly notified a deputy, who wasted no time in contacting the medical staff. A licensed practical nurse promptly assessed the inmate's condition and left to seek guidance from additional medical personnel.

Shortly afterwards, a registered nurse arrived to conduct a follow-up assessment, ensuring that the inmate's well-being was being closely monitored. "After the follow-up assessment, the medical staff left the cell but continued to assess the situation and order additional medical tests. Deputies continued to check on the inmate during this time," stated the sheriff's office.

However, at 12:41 p.m., a deputy responded to the inmate's cell for the second time, only to make a startling discovery. It was during this visit that the deputy found the inmate had given birth alone in her cell. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the deputy immediately sprang into action, providing assistance to the inmate while simultaneously alerting the medical staff and emergency medical services.

After receiving initial treatment at the jail, both the mother and her newborn were promptly transferred to a local hospital for further medical attention. The identities of the inmate and her baby have not been disclosed, and no additional information regarding their condition or prognosis has been made available at this time.

This incident has raised numerous concerns within the community and has prompted an internal review by the sheriff's office. The circumstances leading up to the inmate giving birth alone in her cell will undoubtedly be subject to a thorough investigation to determine whether any negligence or insufficiencies occurred in the delivery of medical care within the jail.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is expected to release additional details as the review progresses. The incident has sparked a heated conversation regarding the treatment and rights of incarcerated individuals, particularly pregnant women, within the criminal justice system.

/ Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 2:27 PM /

themes:  Tennessee  Alabama

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