Florida girl arrested on warrant says she was ignored by officers whereas giving delivery in jail – child died hours later (video)
A Florida mother calls for justice after she claimed her cries for help in an Alachua County prison cell during the birth went unanswered earlier this week.
Shortly after the birth, Erica Thompson said her newborn baby had died. “Basically, I held my baby all night, until it died, until it turned blue,” she told CBS4.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said Erica Thompson has been arrested on two active arrest warrants for suspected violation and failure to attend a traffic penalty.
A pregnant Thompson said she was taken to Alachua County Jail Monday, where she told the nurse she was in labor but no one took her seriously.
“I’m calm like I’m having my baby. I scream. I’m having my baby, please get me out of here. I feel like I am having my baby. When I said this I felt like all the bets are wrong, everyone has to come in here and try to check on me and see what is going on. I’ve had kids before so I know exactly what it feels like. I’m having my baby, I don’t just talk, ”Thompson said.
She gave birth to a baby girl all by herself in her prison cell late Monday night, according to Thompson.
“At this point my baby was already lying on my stomach and she was [the nurse] They had the umbilical cord cut and cut, but there was no medical help, ”she said.
Thompson, who was six months pregnant, said her daughter was alive when they were rushed to the hospital, but she claims doctors told her the baby was too small.
“They didn’t even put them in an incubator. They just had them in the manger. So they wrapped it up and told me it was too small. We don’t think we can save them, we won’t be able to do anything, ”said Thompson.
She believes her baby could have served if the medical staff had done more.
“Our entire agency is very sad about what Ms. Thompson had to experience. We are fully aware of how traumatic and heartbreaking it is to lose a child, and we are deeply saddened and grieved with her over the loss of her child. We are confident that the investigation will be fully completed and a full review is in progress and if there are any concerns it will be addressed, ”said Kaley Behl of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
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