Candace Steel gave birth to a baby girl named Hope while being in solitary confinement in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, on July 23, 2017. This year—four years later—the court ruled that she should receive $250K as compensation.
When she was detained, Alameda County sheriff’s deputies and staff first didn’t believe that she was in labor when she cried out for help. It was only after she gave birth to her baby that a deputy opened her cell door, saw her, and said, “Oh, okay.”
On Sept. 4, 2021, Steel was awarded $250,000 for the traumatic experience and will be happy once she receives some compensation.
As of Nov. 8, she had yet to receive the payment. It seems there had been a miscommunication and the issue had been addressed as reported as KTVU informed.
“It feels great,” she said. “Once, I get that money in my hands, it will be great for my husband and my kids.”
At first, she was transferred to the hospital three days before giving birth in a prison cell. Although eight months pregnant, she was believed to have a “stomach ache,” and was not ready to give birth. She was later placed in isolation when deputies suspected she was exaggerating her pain.
Steel, on the other hand, was yelling out in pain three days later as she went into labor and gave birth in her jail cell.
“I was hitting that call button like a million, bazillion times and nobody answered,” she told KTVU in 2018. “They ignored me completely. I noticed they shut the little window to muffle my screams because I was screaming, ‘Help me! Help me! My baby’s coming!’”
A deputy didn’t answer her until her daughter, Hope, was born.
“I’m standing there in a puddle of my own blood…and all the deputy could say was, ‘Oh, OK.’”
However, in Jan. 2020, a U.S. District Court judge found that the sheriff’s office had treated her with “deliberate indifference.”
According to reports, Steel was jailed for trespassing and child endangerment on Caltrans property with her boyfriend and older daughter. The charges were eventually dismissed.
Steel stated that she intends to spend some of the money on a new home and invest the rest. Faith and Hope, her two girls, are “doing great,” she said, laughing that her youngest, like her, is a little “stubborn.”
“We want to turn a new page,” she concluded.