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Former Missouri inmate sues over shackles during pregnancy and labor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A former Jackson County inmate is suing the county for shackling her while she was pregnant and being transported halfway across the state the day she gave birth.

Megon Riedel claims in the federal lawsuit filed Thursday she was 39 weeks pregnant in 2012 when Jackson County Detention Center employees put her in handcuffs and shackles and drove her to a Vandalia prison about 200 miles away.

A county spokesman declined comment because the lawsuit is pending.

According to the lawsuit filed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Riedel was bleeding and vomiting during the trip. The lawsuit says when she arrived in Vandalia, a doctor examined her and sent her to a hospital, where she delivered a son.

She’s seeking unspecified damages for cruel and unusual punishment.