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Woman who gave birth in jail cell sues over medical care

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman who gave birth in a Connecticut jail cell has filed a lawsuit alleging she was denied medical care ahead of the infant's delivery.

Tianna Laboy gave birth to a daughter inside York Correctional Institution in East Lyme in February 2018.

Her lawyers say in the federal lawsuit that state officials failed to maintain policies to keep a pregnant inmate from having a child born in an unsanitary jail cell. The lawsuit says the child was born more than five weeks premature and spent two weeks in intensive care.

A Department of Correction spokeswoman said it does not comment on pending litigation.

Responsibility for health care of prison inmates was moved from UConn Health to the Department of Correction in July 2018 amid growing concerns over medical treatment.


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