A Southern California county will pay $480,000 to an inmate who suffered a miscarriage in their care, as well as a sheriff’s representative who stopped at a Starbucks for coffee on the way to the hospital in March 2016.
Sandra Quinones, who is no longer in custody, obtained settlement after claiming in a federal lawsuit that law enforcement in Orange County delayed treatment after water broke in the prison.
On Tuesday, county supervisors unanimously approved the payment, although the settlement becomes final only after Quinones formally accepts it. Orange County Register,
Her attorney, Dick Herman, told the Register, “It’s a very good outcome for someone who is treated badly in prison.” “This poor woman, she’s having an abortion, and instead of calling an ambulance, they take her to the hospital in a patrol car and the police stop at Starbucks while she’s bleeding.”
Deputies “acted with deliberate indifference” when stopped on their way to Starbucks on their way to the hospital
Herman stated that Quinone is mentally ill, “inactive” and homeless, but she “understands that she was wronged,” according to 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 opportunity.”
The lawsuit claims that the deputy refused to call an ambulance, then “and acted with willful indifference”, stopping for Starbucks instead of taking Quinones directly to the hospital.
According to the Times, her attorney did not specify how far along Quinone’s pregnancy was, but did confirm that she suffered a miscarriage.
The trial states that Quinone “spent a significant amount of time” in prison, even after the miscarriage. Harman said that she is currently living with her mother.
The trial was actually dismissed in 2020 before being reinstated in the Court of Appeals last year
Her case was actually dismissed in federal court in October 2020, although it was eventually reinstated last year by the US Circuit Court of Appeals, the outlet reports.
“He stubbornly pursued the matter, including all its ups and downs,” Hermann said. “It was a long, uphill battle. We are glad it came to a successful conclusion.”
County officials reportedly confirmed the settlement amount, although there was no comment on the matter by the county or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, spokesman Sgt. Scott Steinle.
Inmates at Orange County Jail report mass suicide, rare treatment
The Orange County jail where Quinones was kept has been criticized on a number of issues.
In June, former inmate Jose Armandriz’s incarceration at Orange County Jail led to mass suicide and scarce medical treatment, reports knock la,
The prison was also the site of a 2016 daring escape by one of three inmates who were eventually recaptured and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, according to the Times, Zachary Schwartz, an attorney representing the county, could not be contacted for comment.