FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Franklin County Regional Jail inmate gave birth in her cell Tuesday morning, Jailer Rick Rogers told The State Journal.
The 28-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, was being held in the jail’s booking area where medical staff had been monitoring her.
Deputy jailers discovered she had given birth during rounds at 8 a.m.
The newspaper reported that the inmate, identified by court documents as Kelsey G. Love of New Albany, Indiana, was transported with the infant to Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
“This is definitely a first for us here,” Rogers said. “I am pleased the baby appears healthy and is doing well. My staff did a great job in reacting fast; they knew exactly what to do and made this situation a success.”
Love was in jail for receiving stolen property and driving under the influence.
Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Love was perspiring heavily and unsteady on her feed when police stopped her while driving a car that had been reported stolen.
Cleveland said the woman told police she had used methamphetamine and opiods and that she had taken her mother’s car without her permission.
Cleveland said tests at the hospital found methamphetamine in the baby’s system.