Ellis County Jail, a Waxahachie woman’s detention center, was recently at the center of a media scandal after an inmate claimed the guards ignored for cried for help while in labor. The inmate declared that the guards showed up only after the child was born.
Texas Women Prison Officials Said Inmate Self-Induced Labor
On Thursday, an Ellis County Jail spokesperson confirmed that 25-year-old inmate, later identified as Shaye Bear, gave birth to a one-pound-two-ounce boy. The infant was airlifted to the Cook’s Medical Center.
Bear, who was five months pregnant when she gave birth, claimed that the prison guards ignored her cries for help.
The woman said that she went into labor that morning and no one was around to help her. Minutes later, she gave birth on a mat. Bear declared that the guards came to her cell only after the child was born.
She also declared that the guards asked her if she put her hand inside to force the child to come out.
Although the inmate argues that she didn’t do anything, the prison officials paint a completely different story.
A medical examination confirmed that the woman did, in fact, induce her labor, in attempt to get out of prison.
The child’s being held at Cook’s Medical Center’s ICU. Hospital officials declined to provide additional details about the infant’s condition.
Meanwhile, the authorities are investigating Bear’s claims.
Based on the Ellis County police records, Shaye Bear was booked into the county jail after she failed to post bail. Bear was found guilty of drug possession on the 10th of March.
Curiously enough, Bear gave birth to another boy nearly two years ago when she was serving time in a Dallas jail.
County authorities declared that more details would be provided at the end of the week.
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