Sandra Robles, 25, is suing the Milwaukee County Jail for allegedly forcing her to wear shackles when she gave birth on February 24, 2014.
A former prison inmate filed a federal lawsuit alleging she was forced to wear leg and arm shackles when she gave birth.
Sandra Robles, now 25, is suing the Milwaukee County jail for allegedly forcing her to use leg shackles where the chain was so short that she could not reach the stirrups when she gave birth on February 24, 2014.
In her lawsuit, where she appoints the county and acting sheriff Richard Schmidt, she says the police refused requests from medical staff to remove the shackles.
Robles, who now has two children and a job, says that she was even denied total skin contact with her newborn, since her hand was chained to the bed.
Even after giving birth to her son, Robles carried the shackles to the bathroom.
The lawsuit says the sheriff's office policy of handcuffing pregnant inmates while they were in hospital was punitive and excessive, and that it violated Robles' civil rights, according to the Journal Sentinel.
"Avoiding walking during the first stage of labor can deny women the benefits of accelerating work and relieving discomfort," the lawsuit says.
"Avoiding walking during the postpartum phase can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis and its potentially fatal embolic complications," he adds.
Robles was imprisoned in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, pictured above, from mid-January to mid-March 2014
A Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Robles does not have a criminal record in Milwaukee County under that name. Your claim does not indicate your current residence or why you were incarcerated in Milwaukee County from mid-January to mid-March 2014.
But this is not the first time this prison has problems.
Last year, a woman received nearly $ 7 million after alleging she was sexually assaulted while pregnant in jail and forced to give birth in shackles as well.
According to court records, some 45 women have filed lawsuits for giving birth while in chains. The shackle policy was removed in February 2017 unless a supervisor considers that the restrictions are necessary to avoid escapes or injuries.
The demand for Robles is at least the fourth that will be filed on births by inmates since 2014.