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Diana Sanchez Gives Birth In Jail Cell After Laboring For 5 Hours

• https://denver.cbslocal.com, By Jeff Todd

"This case is incredibly disturbing," said Mari Newman, the attorney for Sanchez. "She went into labor in the early morning hours. She immediately told a guard and later a nurse that she was in labor, that she was experiencing contractions, that her water had broken, and ultimately that she was passing blood."

Newman's law firm provided edited surveillance video that shows Sanchez's struggle throughout the morning of July 31, 2018. It shows Sanchez in pain and at one point being handed an absorbent pad. At 10:44 a.m., she gave birth and soon a nurse and deputy walked into the medical unit she was being held in.

"We're talking about well over five hours that she was in hard labor yelling for help and screaming in pain and they simply failed to take her to the hospital. The idea that a human being could be treated in this way is it's really unfathomable," Newman said.

Denver Health provides medical care for inmates at Denver jails. The hospital released a statement that read, "Denver Health provides high quality medical care to thousands of inmates every year. Our patients are our number one priority and we make every effort to ensure they receive the proper care. As this is a pending legal matter we are not able to comment at this time."

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