OC Approves $480,000 Settlement With Inmate Who Suffered Miscarriage

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a $480,000 settlement with a woman who suffered a miscarriage while in custody at the county jail. 

It took deputies two hours to respond to inmate Sandra Quinones after her water broke in 2016, according to the lawsuit. They further delayed assistance by stopping at a Starbucks on the way to the hospital. She ultimately miscarried.

“The Orange County jail is capable of sinking to the lowest depths,” Quinones’ attorney, Richard Herman, told the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately this is not the only occasion.”  

Quinones is homeless and suffers from mental illness. She is no longer serving time in jail.