LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A federal lawsuit claims a female Louisville Metro Corrections prisoner gave birth while in an ambulance -- still shackled -- and that the baby died.
The suit, filed last week in federal court, alleges that Louisville Metro Corrections officials were negligent in their care of 24-year-old Mariah Reed while she was pregnant and in custody last summer.
The lawsuit claims that Reed was, "more than 20 weeks" pregnant in July 2017 when the incident happened. On July 23, Reed was hospitalized while still in jail custody due to bleeding and cramping. On July 27, she was released from the hospital and returned to Louisville Metro Corrections.
The suit claims she was diagnosed with anemia, chronic placental abruption and that jail employees were instructed to return her to the hospital "in the event of contractions, loss of fluid, vaginal bleeding increased compared to normal, or decreased fetal movement."
Reed says she began complaining of contractions and severe pain during the early morning hours of July 28. The lawsuit claims it wasn’t until 11 hours later that an ambulance was called and Reed was taken to the hospital.
While on the way to the hospital and "while completely restrained," Reed gave birth. Around two hours later the child died at the hospital, according to the suit.
Louisville Metro Corrections officials do not comment on pending litigation and a lawsuit presents only one side of the case.
The lawsuit seeks the "income and earnings (the baby) would have enjoyed had he lived," as well as damages for Reed.
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