Baby born on 'filthy' jail cell floor

Ms Preston was locked up because she could not afford her $10,000 (£8,000) cash bond and was set to stay behind bars for five days while waiting for a court date.

"I wouldn't want that happening to my worst enemy, anybody else, and that's why I am telling this story", Preston said.

A MOTHER - who was arrested for a first time driving offence - had to give birth on the floor of her jail cell when prison guards didn't believe she was in labour. But in this situation she was brought down, our medical staff was attending, and when they went back in the baby started to come.

An alarming report out of Detroit has sparked outrage in the city and nationwide after a woman had to give birth to her baby while lying on the floor of a jail cell.

Jessica Preston was in jail on a driving offense when she went into labor. When Preston couldn't pay, she was ordered to wait out the time until her court date in jail.

Don't we? Labor pains seem like a pretty good predictor as to when a baby is getting ready to be born. She was escorted to the medical area again where staff called her a liar again and sent her back.

Little baby Elijah was born weighing less than 5 pounds, and he was supposed to be delivered by C-section in a hospital.

Wickersham also responded that the medical records should be brought out to show people what the medical staff did each time, according to Local 4. Another 1 ½ hours later she was taken back the medical area with blood on her leg. He also stated that the soon-to-be-mother and her infant were never in any danger, as the hospital was only two minutes away from the detention center.

He said, "I don't have the medical records". Thomas Chastain, Preston's husband, is furious that he missed the birth and was not able to cut the baby's umbilical cord.

"I don't know how you can ignore something like that", Preston told Local 4. "But when I come to you bleeding, eight months pregnant and bleeding, you go to the hospital".

Since July 2013, the jail has been the focus of two-year investigation following the death of a mother who died in jail while serving a 30-day sentence for not paying child support. "His 30-day sentence was for failure to pay traffic tickets".

Wickersham says Preston was moved to a medical unit at the jail after reporting contractions. "Obviously, that is going to cost taxpayers more money to increase that kind of contract".

  • Joanne Flowers