NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman who was shackled by deputies during labor was awarded $200,000 in damages by a federal jury Thursday.
Juana Villegas told jurors Wednesday that her wrists and ankles were shackled in an ambulance in 2008 and she feared she would not be able to open her legs to allow her son to be born.
She later was unshackled and the baby was born without complications.
In April, a judge ruled the Davidson County Sheriff's Office violated Villegas' constitutional rights.
In court this week, Metro Nashville attorneys argued Villegas' problems were not caused by the sheriff's office.
Attorneys for Villegas had asked for $1.2 million.
- Aug. 17, 2011: Woman testifies about fear while shackled
- Aug. 15, 2011: Damages trial set for woman shackled during labor
- Aug. 4, 2010: Woman shackled during labor ordered deported
- Aug. 27, 2008: Sheriff's office changes restraint policy for pregnant inmates
- Aug. 16, 2008: Hispanic woman continues to question arrest
- July 17, 2008: Hispanic woman claims racial discrimination