A pregnant woman who was arrested in Santa Cruz for being publicly intoxicated was about to be released from jail Monday when she went into labor. And she ended up having the baby right there in the jail lobby.
The 29-year-old Clearlake woman was arrested Sunday and police initially refused to book her, sending her to the hospital for evaluation first. She returned to the jail, sobered up, and was being released Monday when she gave birth to a baby girl who was two to three months premature. The infant had to be resuscitated by jail staff before an ambulance arrived.
Mother and daughter were taken to the hospital for observation, and Child Protective Services was informed of the situation.