OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A woman who told Channel 9 investigative reporter Karla Ray last month that she was forced to miscarry alone in an Osceola County Jail cell toilet said she has hired an attorney to take action.
Kenzi Dunn, 21, said she hired an attorney to take action against both the jail and the company in charge of medical care there.
Dunn first called Ray from a jail cell in December 2019, after she miscarried in her cell. After a story aired on WFTV and her public defender filed a motion to reduce Dunn’s sentence, she was let out of jail about two weeks early.
She says time hasn’t made her loss easier.
Dunn was being booked on a sentence for failing to check in with her probation officer when she found out she was pregnant at the Osceola County Jail in October 2019.
“I had no idea,” Dunn said.
Shock turned to hope for the 21-year-old, who was on probation for a possession charge from the year prior.
“It was like, my reason to do better in life. That was my reason,” Dunn said about her unborn baby.
About 13 weeks into her pregnancy, and with just weeks left in her sentence, that all changed. She said she started to bleed Dec. 4, which was a Wednesday.
“They didn't do anything, send me to the emergency room or anything else,” Dunn said. “It was scary, of course, but they weren't doing anything, so I thought I was OK, you know?”
The next day, she said she was sent back to general population by the Armor Correctional doctor who was on duty. She said that would be the last time she saw a doctor until she was taken to the hospital the following Monday after hours of bleeding and cramping.
A report shows she was handcuffed and shackled before being put into the ambulance.
“That’s what they have to do, because I’m in jail, but I was also bleeding a lot,” Dunn said. “They were not in a rush at all, they were taking their time. I was lying in a bed for eight hours after I just saw my baby.”
Dunn said she watched in horror as she miscarried and her unborn baby went down her jail cell toilet.
After a day in the hospital, court records show Dunn was put back in the same cell where she miscarried.
“That alone to me is almost as devastating to everything else they failed to do for her,” attorney Mark O’Mara said.
O’Mara is in the process of gathering records from both Osceola Corrections and Armor Correctional Health, saying both share responsibility for the suffering Dunn experienced.
“Because of their failure to give care, did she miscarry a child in a jail cell toilet? Yes. Are they responsible for that lack of medical care? Unquestionably,” O’Mara said.
Dunn was let out of her sentence about two weeks early after the miscarriage. She’s now seeing a counselor and speaking out in hopes she’s the last to go through something like this.
“They should’ve paid more attention to me. They shouldn’t have put me back in the same room. They should’ve done a lot of things,” Dunn said.
Osceola Corrections did not issue a statement in response to Dunn speaking out.
Armor Correctional released the following statement Wednesday:
“Armor did conduct a thorough investigation, which involved detailed discussions with Osceola and Armor staff, and we found that all policies and procedures were followed.”
“A miscarriage in any circumstance is a traumatic experience for any mother—to have this take place in jail is especially difficult. We are deeply sympathetic to what Kenzi Dunn has gone through. We followed Armor’s policies and procedures. We cannot disclose all details of this case without violating federal privacy laws, and as a healthcare company, privacy and confidentiality for patients is paramount. But the statement that no Armor staff followed up on this patient’s complaints and concerns is simply not true. Armor will continue to provide the best available treatment to those patients under its care. We will also continue to rigorously object to false claims and false narratives by those seeking to wrongly blame us for their own purposes.”
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