In case you missed it, the Racine County Sheriff's Department held a press conference Tuesday alleging that the mother, Melissa Woten, may have intentionally caused herself to deliver a baby in her jail cell. If true, it would contradict Woten's claims that she called for help, but was ignored.
But the JT tracked down Wolten's attorney, who is sticking with the original story that jail officials ignored Woten's labor pains, which resulted in the premature birth.
Here are two documents the Sheriff's Department released Tuesday:
- The Racine County Sheriff's Department's
investigation of the circumstances(Note: The original report we posted was missing two pages. The Sheriff's Department provided the full report today.) surrounding Woten going into premature labor, which led to the death of her daughter.
- The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department one-page letter clearing jail officials of wrongdoing.
The answer: She was given a suspended jail sentence on Sept. 12, 2007 for obstructing an officer after stealing $438 worth of items from Kohl's Department Store. She gave the officer a false name, according to court records.
Woten did not meet any of the conditions of her parole, including maintaining a stable residence, getting a job, paying toward her financial debts, and working toward a high school equivalency diploma or other treated. She also lied to her probation officer, according to court records.
Judge Richard Kruel sentenced her to nine months in jail. She started serving the sentence on Jan. 9, 2009.
The Sheriff's Department also released photos and video of Woten in her jail cell during the night before her baby's death. The grainy, dark video shows Woten doing headstands in her cell.
If you want to see the video, checkout the JT site here. They also have one of the photos distributed by the Sheriff's Department here.