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TEXAS – In Texas, a woman is suing prison officials after her newborn baby died when she was forced to deliver while in solitary confinement.

Nicole Guerrero claims nurses working at the prison ignored obvious signs that she was in labor while in jail.

She was arrested on drug possession charges in 2012.

According to her complaint filed this week, she had to give birth in her cell with the help of a prison officer.

She says her baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

A nurse came and removed it, but the baby was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

Guerrero’s lawsuit claims the county denied her due process rights. She accuses the correctional healthcare management and contracted nurses of medical malpractice.

The Wichita County district attorney declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.