Former Inmate Sues Over Baby's Death in Florida

By: AP
By: AP

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) --

A former Collier County jail inmate whose baby died while she was behind bars is suing the jail's medical provider and the sheriff.

Joan Laurel Small, now known as Joan Graeber, says her civil
rights were violated because she was denied necessary medical
treatment. The 24-year-old says officials ignored her complaints
that she was leaking fluid for almost two weeks. Graeber's doctor
told her the infant's skull collapsed because Graeber had no
amniotic fluid.

The lawsuit against Tennesee-based Prison Health Services and
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk was filed this month.
Graeber's baby died in February 2009. She now lives in New Jersey.

Prison Health Services declined comment on the lawsuit but
previously said Graeber saw medical staff about 190 times in 128
days.


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