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Texas jail says guards didn't notice inmate giving birth

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jennifer Gabbert says the woman was alone in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17 when she delivered the baby.
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DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a woman in a Texas jail surprised corrections officers this month by giving birth to a child in her cell without their knowledge.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jennifer Gabbert says the woman was alone in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17 when she delivered the baby.

Gabbert says the woman “did not immediately disclose the birth, but the baby was soon discovered by a corrections officer.”

Both were taken to a hospital. She declined to identify the mother or say how she could have gone into labor without it coming to the guards’ attention.