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Connecticut Inmate Who Gave Birth On Prison Toilet Settles With State

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A Connecticut inmate who gave birth in her prison cell has agreed to a settlement with the state.

Tianna Laboy is serving a seven-year sentence for assault at York Correctional Institute in Niantic. She gave birth in 2018, five weeks prematurely, on a toilet in her cell. Laboy said prison officials denied her medical care and acted with wanton disregard for her life and her baby’s life.

Laboy’s lawsuit requested prison reforms, including medical training for prison officials. But the settlement involves only money.

Laboy’s attorneys said they don’t see the settlement as anything to celebrate — since conditions haven’t improved for her or any of the women housed at York, the state’s only women’s prison.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.