Family Of Alabama Inmate Questions Her Mysterious Pregnancy & Calls For A “Fair Investigation”

May 16, 2019  |  

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Family members of an Alabama inmate are calling for an open investigation into their loved ones pregnancy.

Latoni Daniel, 26, is currently awaiting trail at a jail in Talladega county jail after she was arrested and charged with capital murder in the robbery and death of 87-year-old Thomas Virgil Chandler. Daniel was accused of driving the getaway car for her former boyfriend and has spent a total of 17 months in jail, following her arrest in December 2017. If found guilty, she faces a possible life sentence.

She is eight months pregnant with a son, expected to arrive around the last week of May, according to AL.com. Prior to her time in jail, Daniel was a member of the Army National Guard where she was honorably discharged.

However, Daniel’s brother Terrell Ransaw says the family reached heightened suspicion once she discovered her pregnancy, as she has no recollection of ever having a sexual encounter while in prison.

Lawyers for Daniel along with her family, believe she may have ben raped while taking sedatives for a seizure disorder—a condition that was never an issue prior to her stay in jail, according to her brother.

“She’s never had any seizures before she went to jail,” Ransaw said.

After her pregnancy, she was moved from the Coosa County jail to the new jail which is located about 40 miles north of Rockford.

Daniel’s attorneys Jon Taylor and Nancy Kirby have submitted a motion to seek bail so that she can have her baby outside of jail, but a circuit judge is still weighing the decision.

Her family is willing to put up a solid fight in order to free Daniel prior to her trial.

“We’ll pay or put up the property, get her an ankle monitor,” he said. “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?”

“The baby will be well taken care of and loved, regardless,” Ransaw continued. According to Ransaw, the baby will be raised by Daniel’s mother while she is in jail, while he offers financial support.

And as abortion access in the state has recently come under attack, Ransaw says he did not feel it was an option for his sister.

“A lot of people would probably consider giving the baby up for adoption or having an abortion,” he said. She believes it’s a blessing from God — no matter the situation.”

Her family contends that jail officials have not taken their concerns seriously, but according to Coosa County district attorney Jeff Willis, the case is being investigated.

Because the investigation is ongoing, Willis declined to comment, AL.com reports.

“If this was your daughter who got pregnant in jail, how would you feel?” Ransaw continued. “Instead of looking down on us, put yourself in my family’s shoes. Treat everybody fairly. We just want a fair investigation.”

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