A Colorado woman has filed a lawsuit after she claims she was denied medical treatment and forced to deliver a baby alone inside a Denver County jail cell.

Diana Sanchez filed the 47-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court just over a year after she was seen on security cameras delivering her son, Fox affiliate station KDVR reported Wednesday.

Sanchez, who was booked into the jail two weeks earlier while just days away from her due date, alleges she told deputies with the Denver Sheriff Department at 5 a.m. on July 31, 2018, that she had gone into labor.


The lawsuit obtained by KDVR states that she continued to ask for medical treatment before and after her water reportedly broke around 9:43 a.m.

"Any lay person can see that a woman who has been in labor for hours and hours and who is yelling, calling that she's in labor and needs to call the hospital, needs to go to the hospital. Pick up the phone and call 911," said Sanchez's attorney Mari Newman.

Video surveillance from inside the jail cell shows Sanchez’s pained expression as she delivered her son onto her cot at 10:44 a.m.

KDVR aired blurred footage of the delivery with Sanchez’s consent.

Moments after the baby is visible on the bed, a male nurse is seen on camera walking in. The station reported that he had been watching the incident from outside the cell.

Newman says it appeared the the nurse picked up the newborn “as though he’s never seen one in his life.”

"I mean, the lack of any sort of compassion is astounding,” the attorney told Fox News.

The lawsuit alleges nurses and Denver sheriff's deputies "callously made her labor alone for hours, and ultimately give birth alone in a dirty jail cell without any medical care."

"The failure to provide care to a woman who is in labor and a baby who is born without any medical assistance in a dirty jail cell, this is not civilized," Newman said.

The city of Denver, Denver County and the Denver Health Medical Center are named in the suit. It also named six individuals — Rachime Herch, Nina Chacon, Alexandra Wherry, Michael Hart, Tysen Garcia and Justin Albee.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told KDVR that Sheriff Patrick Firman immediately opened an internal affairs investigation after learning Sanchez had given birth.

The investigation has since closed and it concluded that deputies "took the appropriate actions under the circumstances and followed the relevant policies and procedures."

However, the spokeswoman added that the department has clarified its policies to mandate that an ambulance is called when an inmate is in labor.

The Hill has reached out to the sheriff’s department to determine what procedures were in place when Sanchez went into labor at the facility. 

“The care and well-being of our inmates is a top priority for the Denver Sheriff’s Department, which is why we contract with Denver Health to provide comprehensive medical care at both of our jails," a sheriff's spokeswoman said in a statement.