published Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Woman in Nashville testifies about being shackled while in labor to deliver child

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who was shackled during labor while in custody has testified she was afraid she would be unable to deliver the child.

Juana Villegas told a federal jury in Nashville today that her wrists and ankles were shackled in an ambulance in 2008 and she feared she would not be able to open her legs to allow her son to be born.

The jury will decide what damages to award her.

Villegas’ attorneys argue that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems and will need years of therapy to recover.

Attorneys for Metro Nashville, the defendant, claim Villegas’ anxiety is the result of fear of being separated from her family. She is from Mexico.

The child was born without complications.

Connect with the Times Free Press on Facebook

about Associated Press...

The Associated Press

1
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.