Target: Wichita County Sheriff David Duke
Goal: Punish staff for negligence that led to the death of a baby born in a prison cell
A pregnant woman in solitary confinement was forced to give birth in her cell after guards ignored her pleas for a doctor. Nicole Guerrero was denied a medical examination before she went into labor in a Wichita County cell, and staff failed to transport her to a hospital at an appropriate time. Without adequate medical care, her baby died due to birth complications, resulting in physical and mental distress for the mother.
While in solitary confinement, Ms. Guerrero called for help several times, complaining of severe cramping and pain. She was dismissed by the resident nurse who said Ms. Guerrero was not in labor, and put her back inside her cell. Staff ignored her subsequent calls for help, until a guard finally checked on her while she was giving birth. The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, and the guard was unable to handle the situation, resulting in the death of the newborn. The baby was transported to a hospital where it was declared dead, while Ms. Guerrero was kept in solitary confinement and did not receive any follow-up treatment.
This is a clear case of malpractice not only with the prison staff who ignored her, but the medical staff that sent her back to her cell in the first place. By refusing Ms. Guerrero adequate medical help, staff breached her 14th Amendment rights to due process. Your signature will demand an investigation into the negligence leading to the death of Ms. Guerrero’s newborn, and ask that all staff involved in the improper handling of the situation be fired.
Dear Sheriff Duke,
Nicole Guerrero was forced to give birth in a prison cell after staff repeatedly ignored her calls for a doctor. After complaining of severe cramps and pain, she was dismissed by the prison’s nurse and sent back to her cell, where staff disregarded her pleas for help. When a guard finally checked on her, Guerrero was already in labor. The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, and the newborn died without proper medical care.
The negligence of prison staff resulted in not only the death of Ms. Guerrero’s baby, but exceptional physical and emotional anguish for Ms. Guerrero herself. The nurses in question did not provide adequate care, while guards displayed outright disregard for the well being of their prisoners. I demand that all parties involved in this negligence be investigated and removed from their positions of authority.
[Your Name Here]
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