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Could this baby’s death have been prevented?

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In this new story from WFAA, top notch reporting reveals what happened to Shaye Bear as well as poor medical care for many pregnant inmates in Texas county jails. Tanya Eiserer and her team also expose punitive attitudes and blatant lies by Ellis County. The work of Texas Jail Project and observations from TJP’s director Diana Claitor provide context. Claitor commented that one serious problem is that many officers’ first reaction to an inmate’s complaints is that anything she says is a lie. But if the case of a pregnant inmate, another life is at stake if the jailer’s wrong, she said.

“They’re not always lying,” she said, referring to pregnant women.

Claitor says she’s received at least three complaints about the Ellis County jail – all of them involving pregnant inmates. Eiserer goes on to discuss how many women suffer in jails without any accountability.

"She was screaming all night long," said Sarah Malesky, who had been Bear’s cell mate. "The guards just kind of laughed it off. They were like, 'Oh you’re faking it.'"

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Eisere, T. 07/17/2018 Tragic jail birth prompts question: Could baby's death have been prevented?WFAA.

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