The Orange County jail reached its “lowest depths,” according to a lawyer. When Sandra Quinones began having an early baby in March 2016, she was already in jail for breaking the terms of her probation. According to a federal complaint she filed after the baby died, Orange County officials failed to assist her right away for two hours and then stopped at Starbucks on their way to the hospital.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to resolve the lawsuit six years later. Quinones will be given a settlement from the county of $480,000. The American lawsuit filed by Quinones She was detained at the Orange County Women’s jail and six months pregnant, according to the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, when her water broke. The lawsuit states, “She pushed the call button in her cell with no answer for two hours,” adding that jail employees were aware of Quinones’ pregnancy.
According to her lawsuit, jail personnel “failed to contact an ambulance and decided to transfer Sandra Quinones to the hospital on a non-emergency basis.” They “did not provide any medical attention and, instead, stopped for Starbucks on the way to the hospital,” leaving Quinones to “wait in the back of a van bleeding and in labor.” The baby was born at the hospital, and shortly after, according to her lawsuit, it passed away. Authorities in Orange County are accused of withholding medical attention, providing careless treatment, and “other violations of Appellant Sandra Quinones and Baby Quinones’ rights,” according to the lawsuit.
The county and various jail employees were sued by Quinones. In 2020, a U.S. Due to the expired statute of limitations, the District Court rejected Quinones’ complaint. Quinones’ attorney, however, filed an appeal, pointing out that she had been unable to access aid for years following the assault, was homeless, and had PTSD. the United States in December 2021 Her case was revived by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Her attorney, Richard Herman, told the Los Angeles Times that the Orange County jail “is capable of plunging to the lowest depths.” Unfortunately, this is not a one-off. An amended complaint in Quinones’ lawsuit cites six more child or fetus fatalities between 2012 and 2019 as evidence that Orange County had a history of “failing to provide medical treatment and/or disregarding basic care such that inmate and/or the baby died during or closely after delivery.”