Woman sues Cobb after baby born in jail dies

A woman who says her newborn baby died because she received inadequate medical care while in the Cobb County jail has sued the Cobb Sheriff's Office.

Taylor Hogan says she was 5 1/2 months pregnant when she was jailed on a possession of stolen property charge in August 2010. On Aug. 10, Hogan delivered her baby in a bathroom after complaining of severe cramping. The baby, who Hogan named Savante, died nine hours later at a hospital.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, alleges Hogan received inadequate medical care before and after the baby was born.

"Nobody knows how I feel to not have him with me," Hogan told Channel 2 Action News. "I'm angry. I hear baby's cry in my head. I have flashes."

Hogan is suing the sheriff's office, the county and Wellstar Cobb Hospital, which provides health care services for the jail, seeking unspecified compensation.

Hers is the second lawsuit filed in recent weeks in the Atlanta area by women whose babies died after they gave birth in jail.

In late June, Deshawn Balka, 25, sued Clayton County and the sheriff's office, alleging a lack of adequate medical care and a slow response to her cries for help when she gave birth to her son in her cell toilet. Balka, who gave birth in April, had been in jail on a probation violation for marijuana possession, but the warrant was later dismissed.

Defendants in both lawsuits have declined to comment on the pending litigation.