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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Wichita County

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon alleges an inmate in the Wichita County Jail gave birth without medical assistance from a registered nurse on duty to a baby who died.
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon alleges an inmate in the Wichita County Jail gave birth without medical assistance from a registered nurse on duty to a baby who died.

Wichita County, Wichita County Sheriff, David Duke, Correctional Healthcare Management, and Ladonna Anderson are named as defendants.

The suit says on June 2nd, 2012, Nicole Guerrero was arrested on a possession charge.

Then, it claims on June 12th of that year, Guerrero was in labor several hours, and that Anderson and jail staff did not take her to a doctor, or even believe she was having a baby at the time.

It says a detention officer who passed by was called over by Guerrero, and held the baby when she was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

The suit claims Guerrero visited a doctor the day before and listened to the baby's heartbeat, and that the lack of medical attention during labor and birth caused the baby's death.

Anderson and Correctional Healthcare Management are alleged to have committed medical malpractice.

Attorney Rick Bunch also says Wichita County and Sheriff Duke violated her due process rights under the 14th Amendment by depriving her of access to reasonable medical care.

When contacted Wednesday evening, Wichita County Judge, Woody Gossom said he was aware of the incident, and thought litigation might come.

He said other than that, he can not comment further.
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