New York woman in handcuffs while giving birth awarded more 600k

New York woman in handcuffs. A woman was awarded 610k dollars after being forced to give birth in handcuffs.

“No woman should ever have to go through the traumatic experience that I went through,” the 28-year-old mother said.

New York City agreed to pay $610,000 this week to a mother who was handcuffed to a bed during childbirth.CreditCalla Kessler/The New York Times

ImageNew York City agreed to pay $610,000 this week to a mother who was handcuffed to a bed during childbirth.
New York City agreed to pay $610,000 this week to a mother who was handcuffed to a bed during childbirth.CreditCreditCalla Kessler/The New York Times

After a pregnant woman went into labor in a Bronx holding cell last year, she arrived at a nearby hospital in handcuffs and shackles, and on the brink of losing her unborn daughter.

New York State law prohibits shackling pregnant prisoners during labor and delivery, but the police accompanying the woman left her in chains anyway.

They said they had to follow the rules in the department’s Patrol Guide, which called for her to be secured. She labored in shackles and, with one arm handcuffed to the bed, delivered a nearly eight-pound baby.

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