Nine months ago, Jessica Preston was forced to give birth on the floor of a cell at the Macomb County Jail in Michigan (video below).
Preston was in jail for driving on a suspended license, notes WDIV. She could not afford the $10,000 bond, so a judge imprisoned the woman, eight months pregnant at the time, before her court date.
The Macomb County Jail previously made news when two people died behind bars without being taken to a hospital.
Thomas Chastain said he was not allowed to be present for the birth of his son, Elijha: "I didn't get to cut the cord. I didn't get to hold him."
The baby was born at under five pounds, a dangerous delivery.
"How could this be happening?" Thomas recalled his feelings. "This is not the right time, not the right place. It's a month early. Is he going to be OK?"
Preston's mother Linda was stunned by the incident: "They didn't believe her. They just left her [to] lay there. Everybody just looked at her like she was a piece of dirt."
The baby's paternal grandmother, Tina Chastain, added: "You can't do that to a human being. You can't. It's not right. It's inhumane. How's it going to affect them to grow up to be an adult, knowing that I was born on the floor of a jail cell and wrapped up in a dirty sheet?"
In response to the report, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told the Associated Press that he "100 percent" approves of how the jail handled the emergency.
Wickersham said that Preston was moved to a medical unit, which the jail surveillance video shows to be a jail cell; Preston is on the floor while giving birth.