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Former Inmate Sues Over Baby’s Death

POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010

NAPLES, Fla. — A former Collier County jail inmate whose baby died while she was behind bars is suing the jail’s medical provider and the sheriff.

Joan Laurel Small, now known as Joan Graeber, says her civil rights were violated because she was denied necessary medical treatment. The 24-year-old says officials ignored her complaints that she was leaking fluid for almost two weeks. Graeber’s doctor told her the infant’s skull collapsed because Graeber had no amniotic fluid.

The lawsuit against Tennessee-based Prison Health Services and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk was filed this month. Graeber’s baby died in February 2009. She now lives in New Jersey.

Prison Health Services declined comment on the lawsuit but previously said Graeber saw medical staff about 190 times in 128 days.

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