A woman in Albuquerque is suing the Metropolitan Detention Center after her baby was killed in 2016. KOB4 has the story.
The lawsuit claims the facility didn’t have enough training and staff, and that the mother was neglected during her labor for more than 24 hours, possibly due to her past history as a meth user.
No medical provider was present when she went into labor and her requests to go to the hospital were denied by the staff. She then asked to be put among other inmates for emotional support but she was moved into a solitary cell. When an ambulance was called, the paramedics looked at the doctor on duty to help deliver the baby, but the doctor refused.
The baby was born dead after the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. She gave birth inside the jail cell.
The county and the MDC no longer do business with the medical contractors that were working at the time of the incident. The woman’s attorneys plan to file suit against the county.
If this suit is true, this is a clear-cut case of medical neglect that caused the death of a child due to something completely preventable. We hope that the plaintiff receives enough compensation to be made whole after such a harrowing incident.