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]