Woman has no idea how she got pregnant during 17 months in jailMay 15, 2019
A woman says she has no idea how she got pregnant during a 17 month prison sentence, with her family demanding an investigation over fears she was raped.
Latoni Daniel, 26, is eight-months pregnant, and has spent the last year-and-a-half on a capital murder charge in Coosa County, Alabama.
Daniel faces the death penalty after she was accused of being the getaway driver for her then-boyfriend Ladaniel Tuck, who allegedly robbed and killed 87-year-old Thomas Chandler in December 2017.
She has yet to be found guilty of the crime, although she is being held without bail, and was moved to another county jail once she reported her pregnancy to her lawyer.
Daniel says she has no memory of a sexual encounter while in prison, and her brother, Terrell Ransaw, believes she was raped after being given sedatives for seizures.
Ransaw told CBS: ‘It had to happen at night when she was unconscious after she took her medicine, because that’s when they gave her her medicine – at night.’
He said his sisters never had seizures before jail and added: ‘She’s giving birth to a child she didn’t plan to have. Nobody asks to be raped or drugged. Just because a person is locked up doesn’t mean they’re a bad person or did the crime you say they did.’
Daniel’s lawyers have filed a motion for a judge to set bail for Daniel so she may get out of prison for the birth of the child, a baby boy, due during the last week of May.
Ransaw said: ‘We’ll pay or put up the property, get her an ankle monitor…I wish they would give her a chance — let her come home with our family. If other people were given a chance, why not her?’
According to Daniel’s lawyer, Mickey McDermott, Daniel’s pregnancy is the evidence to a crime, no matter what the circumstances, because it is illegal to have sex while in custody.
‘By Alabama law, she cannot consent to having sex and legally she cannot have sex and nobody can have sex with her,’ McDermott said.
Daniel’s family is worried that the motion to grant her bail may not be issued before she gives birth, but said they are still considering her child a blessing.
Ransaw told AL.com: ‘The baby will be taken care of and loved, regardless.’
‘One thing she wasn’t going to do is have an abortion. A lot of people would probably consider giving the baby up for adoption or having an abortion. She believes it’s a blessing from God — no matter the situation.’
Abortions in Alabama were effectively banned after the state senate voted Tuesday night to essentially outlaw abortions – even for victims of rape.
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