A Houma woman is suing the Louisiana State Police and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, claiming a trooper's use of a Taser caused her to miscarry.
Attorney Matthew Ory told WDSU his client, Madeline Cunningham, was arrested at her home following reports of a domestic disturbance. Ory said a trooper placed Cunningham in handcuffs and leg shackles and directed her to the back seat of a patrol car.
"The restrains were extremely tight, and she tried to get their attention," he said. At that point, Ory claims Cunningham "used her feet to hit the window."
The force of those kicks broke the glass, and, according to the lawsuit, that was when Cunningham was removed and subdued with a Taser. The lawsuit claims she was shocked several times, in the neck and stomach.
Cunningham was booked and released from jail. The lawsuit claims she miscarried eight days later.
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