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Inmate Sues Kiowa County for Pregnancy Inside Jail Cell

Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: July 2, 1996
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HOBART - An 18-year-old woman has filed a $5 million claim against Kiowa County, alleging she became pregnant in January in the county jail while awaiting a murder trial.

In her claim and through her attorney, Jamie J. McGraw of Norman, Jamie Brooks alleged she became pregnant through the bars of her cell during a time when jail trusty Eddie Alonzo had access to the area.

Brooks' baby is due in September, McGraw said.

She is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading no contest to charges of second-degree murder in the death of Fred McGee, 76, of Roosevelt.

Brooks also alleged in the tort claim:

- Jail conditions were inhumane and not clean;

- Deputies intentionally locked her in the cell run with Alonzo so they could watch their activities by video monitors;

- The sheriff's office increased her medication in order to abort the fetus;

- They did not provide her with adequate counseling, medical attention, or prenatal care; ignored suicide attempts; and retaliated against her after attorney/client visits.

Sheriff Tommy Denton strongly denied each of Brooks' claims "other than the fact that she did get pregnant in jail."

"They are just a bunch of lies and false allegations," Denton said.

He added the door to her cell never was left unlocked.

"She's a thief, a murderer and a liar," Denton said.

District Attorney John Wampler said his office was aware of the allegations but is "confident that no improper action occurred" at the Kiowa County sheriff's office.

Commissioners have 90 days to respond to the tort claim. After that time, Brooks may file a lawsuit against the county in district court.

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