Woman charged after baby born in hospital parking lot dies

Woman charged after baby born in hospital parking lot dies

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Jessica Diamond Miracle (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Jessica Diamond Miracle (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - A Tazewell woman is facing charges of child abuse and neglect after her baby died at Claiborne County Hospital.

The birth happened moments after she had signed herself out of the hospital against her doctor's orders.

"They had informed us she was 24 weeks pregnant and had been advised not to leave the hospital," said Tazewell Police patrolman Jeremy Myers. "They also said that she was in labor and she had come in with labor pains, and that if she left she would die and the child would die."

Jessica Diamond Miracle, 21, decided not to follow doctor's orders and left the hospital. Within five minutes she gave birth to a baby boy in the hospital parking lot. The baby died shortly after being born.

Miracle was sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment, and after being released Miracle was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. 

"(She was charged) due to she was advised by medical personnel and the doctor at Claiborne County Hospital that she was in labor and she went against medical advise," said Tazewell Police Sgt. Shawn Goode.

Miracle bonded out of jail and spoke to 6 News Wednesday night by phone.

"There is more to the story that nobody knows, and as of right now I don't want everything broadcasted," said Miracle.

Miracle added there is multiple things wrong with this investigation.
    
"There is a lot of things in the report that's wrong, like my age, and everything that happened at the hospital," said Miracle. "I don't think they rolled back the cameras to watch because it makes no sense."

She said she knows many people question why she left the hospital.

"I have my reasons," Miracle said.

Police said more charges are pending.

Miracle has a one-year-old son who has now been taken into the custody of the state. 

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