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September 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Corrections: Woman gives birth in Anchorage jail

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska Corrections spokeswoman says a 24-year-old Anchorage woman has given birth at the Anchorage jail. The woman reportedly told jail workers she didn’t know she was pregnant.

KTUU-TV reports that Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle says both mother and baby are doing well at a local hospital after the Sunday morning birth.

The woman was arrested for investigation of shoplifting and had been in state custody since Sept. 16. Daigle declined to identify her.

The spokeswoman says the inmate called for a corrections officer to come to her cell and the officer found the baby had been born.

Daigle says expectant inmates typically are housed at a different jail and taken to a hospital to deliver their babies.

As for the baby, she says that in certain cases, Children’s Services becomes involved. In other cases, relatives care for the infant.

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