An Indiana woman who gave birth alone in a Kentucky prison will receive $ 200,000 in compensation after arguing that correction staff were deliberately indifferent to her medical needs, according to a report.
THE Lexington Herald-Leader reports that US District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove approved the value of the settlement earlier this week.
Kelsey Love, 32, had filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that Franklin County Regional Prison ignored her while she screamed in pain during labor in May 2017. Love was eight months pregnant when police arrested her in Kentucky on suspicion of impaired driving.
According to the agreement, Franklin County Prison and the prison officials named in the lawsuit have admitted no guilt. The county says there was no evidence to suggest that Love was in labor.
“Defendants have always worked hard and will continue to work hard to provide the best medical care to everyone in Franklin County Regional Prison,” Paul C. Harnice, a county attorney and prison officials, told the newspaper.
According to court records, Love started screaming for help two days after being put in prison. A deputy jailer checked on Love, who was naked and on the floor holding her belly, who then contacted the prison nurse on duty. Court records say the nurse said she would watch Love and eventually check on her later.
When the nurse arrived at Love’s cell, about three hours later, they found a large amount of blood on the floor. Love’s lawyer, Aaron J. Bentley, says she gave birth, tore the mattress and crawled inside with the baby. Bentley said that love tore the umbilical cord.
“You can imagine it was very traumatic,” said Bentley.
Bentley added that Love still has nightmares about giving birth, but has been sober for two years after completing drug treatment. She is currently working to take custody of her children.
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