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‘We don’t know when that baby is going to come’: Sheriff defends forcing woman to give birth in filthy cell

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The sheriff of the Macomb County Jail is defending his employees for forcing a pregnant woman, taken into custody for driving with an expired license, to give birth on a filthy jail cell floor.

Detroit resident Jessica Preston went into labor while she was in custody after being pulled over.  According to Preston, she was accused of lying when she told her jailers at Macomb County that she was experiencing labor pains, reports WDIV.

Despite multiple requests to be taken to a hospital, jailers refused.

“I was called a liar and told to knock my crap off or they could put another charge on me,” Preston explained. “I should have gone (to the hospital) first thing in the morning, but when I come to you bleeding, 8 months pregnant, you go to the hospital.”

In video footage supplied to CBS, Preston was later seen writhing in agony of the floor of her cell as jail staffers assisted in the birth of her son, Elijah.

Nine months after the birth, and with the jailers’ actions under scrutiny, Sheriff Tony Wickersham defended his employees, saying they acted appropriately.

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“I’m 100 percent that our people did what they need to do,” Wickersham said. “At some point, she said she had to go to the hospital, the baby came before that happened. In these situations we really don’t know when that baby is going to come.”

According to Wickersham, the plan had been to take Preston to the hospital, “That’s always our plan, you know, is to make that happen. But in this situation she was brought down, our medical staff was attending, and when they went back in the baby started to come. Safe delivery, baby was healthy.”

After delivering her son, Preston was returned to the jail to serve five more days.

The Macomb County Jail s already under fire after a woman who was unable to pay her $500 fine died while  in custody.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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