Woman shackled by police while in labor awarded $200,000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury has awarded $200,000 in monetary damages to a Nashville woman who was shackled by Davidson County Sheriff's deputies during labor.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before deciding the amount to give to Juana Villegas, who was kept in restraints after her July 2008 arrest on a minor traffic violation.

Villegas told the jury that she feared she wouldn't be able to deliver the baby with leg restraints and a psychiatrist testified she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said they will appeal the jury's decision. Villegas' attorney Phil Kramer said after the ruling that justice had been done.

The court ruled in April that the sheriff's office violated Villegas' constitutional rights by showing indifference to her medical needs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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