Mother of Prison-Born Baby Released

The very next day after the protesters demonstrated demanding the government to release the woman who bizarrely gave birth on the floor of an Ottawa jail cell, she is finally allowed to leave the jail and be with her newborn baby. Julie Bilotta was granted bail and set free from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre today. The demonstrations on Wednesday were arranged by several supporters of the imprisoned women asking for her rights and demanding a full detailed inquiry into why was Bilotta treated the she was.

The 26-year-old Bilotta, from Cornwall, Ont. had to give birth to newborn baby boy on Sept. 29 while still within a segregation cell at the jail without any help. The birth took place on its place while she was alone without any expert help from a doctor or anyone, even though Bilotta had been screaming in vain for help for hours. Bilotta’s lawyer, Don Johnson, disclosed that her bail was posted for $10,000, and she is only released on condition that she does not leaves her Ottawa home run by the Elizabeth Fry Society. She is also restricted to not have any contact with her co-accused suspect associated with drug charges she is facing.

A group calling itself the Mother and Baby Coalition for Justice, mentioned that the kind of treatment Bilotta received the prison is not the only incident. On the contrary, The Ontario Correctional Services Minister, Madeleine Meilleur, said it was just that. The ministry is conducting an internal investigation into why Bilotta was not taken to hospital to be treated by a doctor.


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