Cranberry: "How would an ex-con, maybe 50+ years old, support himself on the outside? No one would hire him, in all likelihood any family has written him off, or is in no condition to feed yet another mouth. Who pays for his medical care?"
Gionni Lee Garlow was born at 9:21 p.m. in the segregation cell. The baby suffered respiratory problems and the mother needed a blood transfusion, [Ottawa's Elizabeth Fry Society executive director Bryonie Baxter] said. She has filed complaints to the provincial ombudsman and the College of Nurses of Ontario.
In an interview Thursday, Madeleine Meilleur, the Ontario minister of community safety and correctional services, said the incident is under investigation.
“Pregnant inmates should expect to receive the same level of care that expecting mothers in the community receive, so we are reviewing the situation,” said Meilleur, who used to be a delivery-room nurse.
“It’s not the ideal, you know, when a mother gives birth in a detention centre,” she said.
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