- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawsuit alleging Pulaski County jail employees and contractors failed to provide proper medical treatment to pregnant women has been settled but the terms of the deal are unclear.

The suit claimed the jail failed to call ambulances, physicians and get woman in labor or having miscarriages to a hospital between July 2012 and December 2013. The jail denied prenatal vitamins, extra meals and timely access to doctor and exams for the pregnant women, resulting in three to miscarry and two to experience bleeding and severe pain during childbirth, the lawsuit alleged.

One woman also was denied prenatal care while at the jail, leading to the death of her son, according to the lawsuit. She began having contractions at the jail but a guard “mocked” her, stating, “You’re putting on a show tonight.”

“She had to lay on the floor of the unit, visible to all, without medical attention, continuing to have contractions, continuing to ask for help and continuing to receive no help,” the lawsuit states. The woman had her baby in the toilet, the lawsuit claimed.

A circuit judge signed an order last week granting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. An attorney for the plaintiffs filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying the parties “have settled” and that “settlement funds have been exchanged.”

Attorneys for both parties couldn’t be reached for comment on Tuesday afternoon by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1JQdUNA ).

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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