Woman shackled during labor ordered deported

Woman shackled during labor ordered deported (Image 1)
Woman shackled during labor ordered deported (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Mexican woman whose case drew national attention when she was shackled during labor with her fourth child has lost an appeal to stay in the United States.

Juana Villegas was arrested in 2008 during a traffic stop in Nashville.

She was nine months pregnant and went into labor two days later.

Outrage over her treatment during childbirth led the Davidson County Sheriff's Office to change its policy on pregnant inmates.

Villegas has sued the sheriff's office in federal court claiming civil rights violations.

The government claims she was deported in 1996, but she said she took voluntary departure. She returned shortly thereafter.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled she had been deported and reinstated that order.

Immigration attorney Elliott Ozment said he will appeal.

Villegas has lived in the U.S. for 17 years.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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