Although it’s hard to grasp the thought of having a child outside of a well-equipped medical facility, a young mother imprisoned at Macomb County Jail was forced to give birth in a filthy prison cell. Jessica Preston said that her child was born prematurely and that the prison’s medical personnel ignored her pleas for help.
Jessica Preston’s Preston sad story began a few days ago, while she was behind the wheel. A law enforcement officer pulled her over and later arrested her for driving with a suspended license. The judge overseeing Preston’s case offered the woman a choice – either pay the $10,000 bond or spend the next 14 days in prison.
The woman said she chose the latter since the bond was much too high for her pockets. However, Preston declared that on the fifth day of imprisonment at the Macomb County Jail, she went into labor.
Although painful to recall the events that day, Preston thought it would be in her best interest to share her story. Jessica Preston declared that at around 7:30 am on the day of the delivery, she called one the deputies and told him that she is not feeling well and that she thinks that she’s going into labor.
Preston went to the infirmary where she told the nurse about her condition and asked her to call an ambulance. The nurse immediately dismissed the woman’s claims and told her to return to the cell.
Upon returning to her cell, the woman recalls that one of the inmates, who was a registered nurse before imprisonment, offered her a washcloth to put on her forehand and kept rubbing her back when the contractions began.
However, the woman’s condition grew worse, forcing her to call upon her guards again at 11:30. She was taken to the medical area, where the nurse again told her to return to the cell and called the woman a liar.
Preston recalls that 90 minutes after returning to her cell she saw blood on her left leg and again called one of the deputies. The guard told her to pack her stuff and to move to a cell which was closer to the infirmary, before alerting the nurse.
Preston’s sad tale was recorded on tape. The last minutes captured by the surveillance camera shows the woman lying on the floor, and giving birth to the baby after a few minutes. When the nurse arrived, the baby was already crying.
The woman said that the baby is healthy, but the moments she experienced that day at the Macomb County Jail were the worst of her life.
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