It all started when Jessica Preston was pulled over by police officers who noticed a rosary hanging from her rearview mirror. The law enforcement officers believed the item was blocking her view and demanded her to take it down. That in itself is not a crime worthy of jail time. However, when the law enforcement officers checked her driving license, they noticed the 8-month pregnant mother was driving on a suspended license.
Even though this was only her first offense, the judge ordered to be jailed on $10,000 bond. Jessica Preston still argues the sentence was way too harsh for her first offense. Upon refusing to pay in order to get out of jail while awaiting her hearing, the woman was sentenced to two weeks behind bars.
The buildup of stress could have contributed to the early delivery of her son, Elijah, who was born two months before term on a jail cell’s floor. Even though the mother says she loves her son more than anything she kept quiet about the circumstances of her son’s birth up until now out of shame.
However, she chose to step forward and talk openly about her experience so that other women confined in jail wouldn’t have to go through the same. Her ordeal, as she describes it, has been captured on tape.
One morning, around 7:30, Jessica Preston pressed the buzzer in her cell alerting guards that she might be in distress. The surveillance video shows the woman walking down the corridor accompanied by a guard out of the D block, towards the medical wing. There is no audio to the video. However, Jessica Preston says nobody believed her when she said the baby could be on his way, including the nurses.
The buzzer calling for help rang two more times throughout the day but the woman still did not receive proper medical attention. At one point, she says, staffers threatened her to put even more charges on her. However, approximately two hours after returning to her cell for the third time, Jessica Preston called for help again as the baby was being born. The video shows the mother laying on her back on the jail cell’s floor delivering young Elijah on a mat. Furthermore, after being transported to a health facility to for evaluation, she was forced to return to prison to finish serving her 14-day sentence in jail.
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