Further proving that storks can visit anybody, anytime, anywhere, an inmate at Santa Barbara County Jail unexpectedly gave birth in her cell without even knowing she was pregnant. Thirty-five-year-old Leticia Cisneros – who was booked into prison on June 1 on suspicion of elder abuse – birthed a healthy six-pound boy while using the toilet last Thursday evening. According to prison authorities, Cisneros made no mention of pregnancy in her medical screening earlier this month, apparently thinking little of her recent weight gain and excessive cramping. Responding sheriffs found the newborn in the hands of fellow inmate Lorna Hernandez – who had rescued him from the toilet – with the placenta still attached and his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. As of press time, the baby was in good condition at Cottage Hospital.
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Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 15, 2006
Updated 12:22 p.m., July 7, 2006
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