- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A mother whose baby died after she gave birth in a Milwaukee County Jail cell in July has filed a claim notice against the sheriff’s office, saying jail staffers are responsible for her newborn’s death.

Shadé Swayzer’s lawyer, Jason Jankowski, wrote that Swayzer told a corrections officer she was going into labor around midnight, but that the officer laughed and ignored her, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2f4KApO ) reported.

Swayzer, 30, said she gave birth around 4 a.m. and received attention from officers at 6 a.m. Her child was pronounced dead at an unknown time later that day.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said Swayzer never told jail staff she was going into labor. The company responsible for medical care at the jail has said Swayzer’s child was stillborn.

However Swayzer has claimed her child was “born alive, cried profusely and was breastfed.”

An autopsy was conducted on the infant, but results have not yet been released.

Sheriff’s officials have not released further details about the death and a spokeswoman for Sheriff David Clarke, said the office would have no further comment

Jankowski said he and his client also declined to comment.

The notice of claim, which generally gives agencies a chance to respond to allegations before a lawsuit is filed, says Swayzer is seeking $8.5 million in damages.

Since April four people have died at the Milwaukee County Jail.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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