Inmate mom had been checked twice at hospital
DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who gave birth in Polk County Jail had been checked and discharged twice the same day by a local hospital.
The Des Moines Register says no doctors or nurses were in attendance when 25-year-old Ieasha Meyers delivered her baby son on Aug. 29. He was born in a four-bed medical holding cell near the jail’s clinic.
Jail chief Doug Phillips says Meyers was sent to Broadlawns Medical Center twice that day. She was held for about 3½ hours each time before being sent back to the jail. Doctors said she wasn’t ready to deliver.
Phillips says Meyers went into labor and gave birth a little more than three hours after she returned the second time.
A hospital spokeswoman says she can’t talk about Meyers’ case.