Woman Who Miscarried in Jail Says She Was Forced to Clean Up

While the fetus remained in her cell

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A British woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison last month was forced to clean up her own blood in her cell while the dead fetus was left in the room, her attorney says.

Nadine Wright, 37, who suffers from mental health problems and heroin addiction, was in prison after stealing more than $20 in food, the Independent reports. Her lawyer said she had a miscarriage the day after arriving at the prison to serve a 10-month sentence. A nurse was present at the time, he said, but afterward the fetus was not immediately removed from the cell and she was forced to clean up.

“The baby was not removed from the cell,” her lawyer said. “It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”

Sodexo Justice Services, the company that manages the prison, would not comment on the case directly when contacted by The Mercury news agency, but a spokesperson said, “a prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a [doctor] the following day.”

[The Independent]

71 comments
Mari Rios
Mari Rios

That's ridiculous .... Seems like the whole story isn't being told

Hashan Perera
Hashan Perera

She got a ten month sentence just for stealing £20 that's insane!

Patti Codd
Patti Codd

Jail. My girlfriend died in Houston's Harris Co. jailhouse after repeated pleas from others that she needed help. Hell I had to clean up my own blood in the ER after a botched attempt at a blood draw. It's where we're at today.

Ashley Fontaine
Ashley Fontaine

They also refuse to take you to a hospital or for a dnc if you need one until you nearly bleed out, turn grey, and can no longer stand up or walk. And they absolutely do make you clean up after it. They tell you to pass it in the toilet and don't flush, then to clean up the mess. Sorry to be graphic but that is common practice in jail. I had a miscarriage one month after being there in a case of inaccurate accusation that was dismissed almost immediately after. What used to be and still is unfathomable to some people is actually a serious reality.

Sophia Joseph
Sophia Joseph

She killed that baby. They likely wanted her to see it, as punishment, which is absolutely barbaric. Private prisons are an awful idea, period.

Cristine Pia
Cristine Pia

Poor woman. I can forgive people who shoplift because it is not as terrible as murdering humanity for an amount of £13.94? My God. I wish someone would pay for her... ..I don't know what to say anymore. HAVE MERCY TO THIS WOMAN PLEASE.

Faizan Munir
Faizan Munir

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Janelle Shepard Matke
Janelle Shepard Matke

Rick Follmann- Perhaps staying out of jail was a second priority to going hungry. Anya Vladimirovna- Just.... what?

Shanna Bee
Shanna Bee

That is horrible! That poor woman! Miscarriages can be dangerous.

Ryan J. Farrick
Ryan J. Farrick

Anya, she had a miscarriage. What are you getting at?

Chris Diegel
Chris Diegel

Who, what, when, where, and why... how about a little more info, the women was British but where was the prison?

Anya Vladimirovna
Anya Vladimirovna

I understand but I wonder how will she learn. If she never sees the fetus then she can't fully grasp what she has done to her unborn child.

Liz Oest
Liz Oest

I see where you are coming from, but showing kindness when someone needs it, and probably has never needed it more....I would like to think that is a better answer.

Olivia Adcock
Olivia Adcock

Its a shame they treated her that way. Im wondering if she miscarried becouse it was going to happen anyways, or was it from how she was being treated.

Rick Follmann
Rick Follmann

Well, if you are pregnant, perhaps you should try to stay out of jail.

Liz Oest
Liz Oest

I agree. You can't unsee/unread some things.

Candy Ennis
Candy Ennis

ok, you exposed the name of the poor women but NOT the name of the prison or where exactly it was....WTF? Do some reporting would you? That is after all, your business. What good does it do to know the name of the woman, who you reported was mentally ill and a heroin addict but NOT the name of the place that would do such a horrid thing. I think I may not read Time anymore.

Sheila Madine
Sheila Madine

it was in Peterborough England, and this woman's crime was shoplifting to the amount of £13.94 because she hadn't received any benefits and was hungry. There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up. The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.."It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails" Nelson Mandela.

Lovena Laycock
Lovena Laycock

I don't care about the details of her incarceration at all. If this is true, it is inhumane and incredibly, incredibly lacking of all compassion. Shame.

Wanda M Dermody
Wanda M Dermody

if it happened at home would she ckean or leave it. never easy to loose a child.

Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis

was just thinking this yesterday..& right now again! Somethings better off not knowing? :(

Beth Eileen Walker
Beth Eileen Walker

Women have been doing this for centuries. Compassion, yes. It should have been handled better, she was not in a covered wagon going out before the west was won.

Kylee Smith
Kylee Smith

If the emotional state isnt enough to go through they made her clean it up? People are cruel