Woman begins legal action after giving birth alone in prison cell


Deputies "took the appropriate actions under the circumstances and followed the relevant policies and procedures", she said. Instead, for the next four to five hours, Sanchez "labored alone in her cell", a "long and painful" process that was captured in its entirety on surveillance video that the jail's staff were responsible for monitoring, the suit said.

Prior to going into labor, on July 30, Sanchez was examined and was told that she needed to receive immediate care if she "started having contractions if she had noticed any fluid leaking from her vagina", the lawsuit said.

This July 31, 2018 photo from surveillance video released to Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP law firm by the Denver County Jail shows Diana Sanchez, an inmate about to give birth alone in her Denver jail cell.

"That pain was indescribable", Sanchez told KDVR in an interview past year, "and what hurts me more though is the fact that nobody cared".

Sanchez's mouth is wide open in a scream.

The city and county of Denver and the Denver Health Medical Center are named in the lawsuit, as well as county jail staff members Rachime Herch, Nina Chacon, Alexandra Wherry, Michael Hart, Tysen Garcia and Justin Albee. Previously, decisions about whether to move a pregnant inmate were left to jail nurses but deputies are now authorized to call for an ambulance for someone in labour, department spokeswoman Daria Serna said.

In the clips you can she is chatting to someone outside her cell before she lies down on her bed and you can see that she is in a lot of pain. Seconds later, she takes her trousers off one leg and then her underwear.

According to the complaint papers, obtained by FOX 31 Denver, Sanchez gave birth to a baby boy on July 31, 2018 with no anesthetics or serious medical treatment until after her son was born.

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"We empathize with anyone who is in jail while pregnant including Ms. Sanchez". Newman says Sanchez also struggled with a heroin addiction, and that her client had informed jail officials that she was prescribed methadone to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Within seconds, a small baby tumbles out onto the bed and only then does a man wearing surgical gloves enter the cell. At least two people in uniforms can be seen.

The baby was born at 10:44 a.m., and Denver Fire Department paramedics showed up at about 11 a.m. She gave birth to her son nearly 6 hours later, at 10:44 a.m., again, allegedly, without any proper care.

"They put my son's life at risk".

"I was screaming, 'Can you please get the nurse?"

With the lawsuit, Newman said she hopes to "achieve some measure of accountability and to force wrongdoers to change their behavior".

Denver Health spokesman Simon Crittle declined to comment on the incident, citing the litigation, but in a statement said that "Denver Health provides high quality medical care to thousands of inmates every year".

In regard to the identify theft charge, Sanchez's lawyer said her client "has taken responsibility" for that act and the case has been resolved.