Lebanon Reporter

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May 24, 2014

Pregnant BCJ inmate airlifted to hospital after going into labor

Lebanon — A pregnant woman, whom a judge had ordered held at the Boone County Jail, went into labor about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Boone County EMS paramedics were called to the jail after the woman’s water broke. The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Witham Memorial Hospital and then air-lifted to St. Vincent-Carmel, said Boone County Sheriff’s Office Major Mike Nielsen. She was released from police custody on her own recognizance while at St. Vincent-Carmel.“She was being held in our facility until, basically, the baby was born,” Nielsen said. Superior Court II Judge Rebecca McClure had ordered the inmate held at the jail because the woman’s past history made her pregnancy high risk.“The staff are trained, from a medical standpoint, to be first responders,” Nielsen said. “There were no issues, internally, dealing with the pregnancy.”Because of federal privacy issues, Nielsen said St. Vincent-Carmel was unable to release further details about the condition of the woman or her child.“Typically, if they are in our custody, they’d be able to release some information to us, but because she isn’t, they can’t,” Nielsen said.

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