A mother is speaking out about conditions at an Ohio jail.
Her 28-year-old daughter, who is seven months pregnant, is currently being held in that jail. And the mom says she’s concerned her daughter and her unborn child aren’t getting necessary medical care.
“I’m very concerned about her situation and that of my unborn grandchild,” said Michele Skinner.
She’s a northeast Ohio mother who can’t stop worrying about her 28-year-old daughter being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail. It’s her daughter’s first trip to jail.
Concerns about her daughter are growing, after a 52 page report revealed staffing, health and safety issues at the jail last month.
“She’s currently sleeping on the concrete floor, because apparently the bunks that they have are in-wall bunks, and they are about 5 feet off the floor. The menus that she’s described is disturbing, the food has been sitting around, dried hot-dogs, slice of bread,” said Skinner.
And Skinner believes her daughter isn’t getting enough of the prenatal vitamins she needs.
“Yes she’s made mistakes, but my unborn grandchild hasn’t, and that’s very concerning to me, the development of the child that’s growing inside of her,” said Skinner.
Her daughter, not even convicted, is waiting for trial for the past two months on a felonious assault charge.
“I’d rather her be home, or released to my custody on house arrest, where we can insure that she’s receiving the proper care.”
Skinner believes it’s critical the jail nursing staff be at full strength as soon as possible.
“We don’t live in a third world country, we are in the United States, and they do have basic human rights and basic human needs that need to be met by our corrections facilities,” said Skinner.
Cuyahoga County issued a statement on Friday, saying it’s already making changes inside the jail.
The county says shower curtains are now up in every jail unit, and new vendors are being sought to run the kitchen.