Pregnant woman jailed for murder in Miami-Dade files lawsuit on behalf of her unborn child

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – What may be a precedent-setting question was in a lawsuit filed in South Florida last week.

The suit argues for the first time for the rights of an unborn child in a question having nothing to do with abortion. In this case, it’s about the unborn child being in jail.

The video at the center of the case shows a group of people in a van just before one of them fires a gun.

That is the woman now in jail on murder charges and about to give birth.

The video, never before made public, is being used as evidence in the court cases.

At issue now for the Third District Court of Appeals, the mother who is a Miami-Dade County inmate is asking to be released from jail because the unborn child within her is not charged with any crime.

The attorney making the extraordinary argument for an unborn child to be released from jail, William Norris, joined This Week in South Florida host Glenna Milberg to discuss.

“We’re looking for the opportunity of the unborn child to be developed and born ultimately in a safe environment, not the environment that it is in right now, which is dangerous,” said Norris.

Miami-Dade County Corrections released a statement which read:

“Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation partners with Jackson Health System to provide healthcare to the inmates in our custody, and we are committed to ensuring all inmates receive professional, timely medical care and all appropriate treatment.

“We are conducting a full review of the health services offered and received to ensure that all pre-natal care being provided in our custody is appropriate.”

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About the Authors:

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."