Correctional Officers Didn’t Notice Inmate Giving Birth


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A woman in Texas somehow went into labor and gave birth alone in a jail cell without any guards realizing it until she delivered the baby.

The inmate had the child in a Fort Worth jail cell, according to Lt. Jennifer Gabbert, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The prisoner “did not immediately disclose the birth, but the baby was soon discovered by a corrections officer” and she and the newborn were transported to a hospital, said Gabbert. She could not promptly furnish information about the health of the baby and mother.

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Correctional officers were aware the woman was pregnant and regularly checked on her. Gabbert refused to identify the mother and turned away several inquiries regarding the birth including how the inmate could have gone into labor and produced a baby without it coming to the officers’ attention. Jail personnel is sure how long the labor spanned “due to the mother not notifying corrections staff of the impending birth.” Internal affairs are investigating the birth though there is no sign of wrongdoing by the CO’s.

Since January, the mother has been incarcerated without bond on charges of injuring a child, elderly or disabled person and assaulting a family member. The jail has been combatting the COVID-19 outbreak among its staff and inmates. According to Brandon Wood, executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the baby was born several days before state inspectors notified Tarrant County Jail personnel that they were not checking on some inmates thereby failing to meet minimum standards.

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Aaron Granger

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