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Inmate gives birth at Jessamine jail

NICHOLASVILLE — A pregnant inmate gave birth to a girl Tuesday morning in the Jessamine County jail.

Jailer Cecil Moss said the mother, whom he would not identify, gave birth between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

"She went quick," Moss said. He said the baby weighed about 6 pounds.

Mother and child are doing well at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers said.

Women have gone into labor at the jail before, but this was the first birth anyone could remember, Moss said.

Jessamine County Judge-Executive Neal Cassity, who has been judge since 1990, said he could not recall any previous birth at the jail.

The mother was in jail on a probation violation on a misdemeanor charge and failure to pay a fine on a misdemeanor, Moss said.

Asked whether the mother had given any indication about her labor, Moss said: "I really can't go into that because it's a medical issue." He cited the federal law that protects a patient's privacy.

He said when an ambulance was called, "she was in the process of having the baby, so they couldn't go anywhere with her. So they just went on and she had the baby here. And then they took both mother and daughter to the hospital."

"This isn't something that happens every day," Moss said. "We got through it OK, and they got through it OK."