DETROIT (AP) — Wayne County has agreed to an $8 million settlement in a lawsuit involving a 14-year-old girl who lacked critical oxygen when she was born in jail.
Chelsie Barker suffered brain damage and is severely impaired. The county is accused of violating the girl's civil rights by not getting her mother to a hospital for the delivery.
Chantrienes Barker was in jail in 1998 when she went into labor. She was taken to a hospital but was returned to jail two hours later. The lawsuit says labor pains intensified but guards didn't immediately respond, despite the screams of inmates.
Attorney Lisa Weinstein of Chicago says the settlement will be presented to a judge Thursday. Geoffrey Fieger's firm also worked on the case.
Chelsie has been raised by a guardian since birth.