Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County - STECHITEGIST Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County
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Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County

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Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County, STECHITEGIST

An inmate who miscarried while under the care of a Southern California county will receive $480,000 in compensation. In fact, sheriff’s deputies even stopped at a Starbucks on the way to the hospital back in March 2016. The payment was given to Sandra Quinones, who is no longer in detention, after she claimed in a federal lawsuit that Orange County law enforcement delayed treatment after her water broke while she was being held in custody.

On Tuesday, county supervisors unanimously approved the payment, however the settlement only becomes final after Quinones formally accepts it, according to the Orange County Register. “That’s a very good result for someone badly treated in the jail,” her lawyer, Dick Herman, told the Register. “This poor woman, she’s in jail having a miscarriage and, instead of calling an ambulance, they take her to the hospital in a patrol car and the cops stop at Starbucks while she’s bleeding.”

Deputies “Acted With Deliberate Indifference”

When Stopping For Starbucks En Route To Hospital, Herman said that Quinones is mentally ill, “dysfunctional” and homeless, but she “understands she was wronged,” according to the Los Angeles Times. “The Orange County jail is capable of sinking to the lowest depths,” Herman told the Times.”Unfortunately this is not the only occasion.”

The lawsuit claims that deputies refused to call an ambulance, then “acted with further deliberate indifference” to her while stopping for Starbucks instead of directly taking Quinones to the hospital. Her attorney did not reveal how far along Quinones’ pregnancy was, but did confirm she suffered a miscarriage, according to the Times.

The lawsuit notes that Quinones “spent significant time” in jail, even after her miscarriage. Herman added that she’s currently living with her mother.

Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County, STECHITEGIST

Lawsuit Was Actually Dismissed In 2020 Before Being Reinstated In Appeals Court Last Year

Her case was actually dismissed in federal court in October 2020, however it was eventually reinstated by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year, the outlet reports. “She doggedly pursued this case, including all of its ups and downs,” Herman said. “This was a long, hard fight. We’re glad that this reached a successful conclusion.”

County officials reportedly confirmed the settlement amount, however no comment was provided on the case by the county or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said spokesman Sgt. Scott Steinle.

Inmates Report Widespread Suicide, Sparse Treatment At Orange County Jail

The jail in Orange County where Quinones was housed has been criticized for a number of issues. In June, former inmate Jose Armendariz’s account of being incarcerated in Orange County jail detailed rampant suicide and sparse medical treatment, reports Knock LA.

The jail was also the site of a daring 2016 escape by one of three inmates, who was eventually recaptured and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Meanwhile, Zachary Schwartz, an attorney representing the county, could not be reached for comment, according to the Times.

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Inmate Who Had Miscarriage While Officers Stopped At Starbucks On Way To Hospital Will Receive $480,000 From California County, STECHITEGIST

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