Woman who gave birth at Ottawa jail files $1.3M lawsuit

Ottawa Citizen

An inmate who gave birth at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre has filed a $1.3-million lawsuit, alleging that the jail’s guards and nurses are directly responsible for injuries that led to the death of her son.

Julie Bilotta’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday, names five nurses, 11 guards, the superintendent and two other unidentified employees of the Innes Road detention centre.

It accuses them of failing to respond to the then-26-year-old Bilotta’s labour, resulting in injuries to both her and her baby.

Gionni Garlow was born on Sept. 29, 2012, on a mattress in a segregation cell, an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He had inhaled some of his own feces during the delivery, according to the statement of claim.

He was taken to hospital in critical condition, placed on a ventilator, had seizures, was intubated, and had to be fed through a catheter.

Gionni was released from hospital eight days after his birth. He continued to suffer from respiratory…

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