As National Guard veteran Latoni Daniel awaits a possible death sentence in the Talledega County Jail, she’s also preparing for the birth of a child.
Daniel is eight months pregant, but she’s been behind bars jail for 17.
According to CBS, Daniel does not recall any sexual encounters during her imprisonment. Civil attorney Mickey McDermott believes she may have been raped while under the effects of sedatives she takes to deal with seizures.
“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,” said Daniel’s brother, Terrell Ransaw.
Daniel didn’t suffer from seizures before she was jailed, her brother said, but they have become a serious health concern.
There is no law preventing inmates from having sex with each other if concent is given, but it is against the law for jail staff to engage inmates in a sexual manner. Initially jailed at the Coosa County Jail
The details of Daniel’s conviction are not as unclear. She is being charged with capital murder for acting as a driver in the robbery and fatal shooting of 87-year-old Thomas Virgil Chandler. Daniel was arrested December 5, 2017, along with her 28-year-old now-former boyfriend LaDaniel Tuck. Tuck is being held in a separate prison, serving a 20-year sentence for a parole violation in a 2010 robbery case.
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Neither Daniel or her attorney know what will happen after the child is born. County District Attorney Jeff Willis says Daniel’s pregnancy is under investigation.
“We’re hoping someone from some state or county agency will reach out to us or to our client,” McDermott said. “We have no idea what’s going to happen.”
If Daniel is found guilty of the charge, she faces either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the meantime, McDermott is concerned that Daniel isn’t getting proper medical care. She isn’t making it to all her scheduled appointments.
“I have great concerns that the lack of prenatal care may have endangered my client or her future child,” he said. “She has been berated for requesting to go to doctor’s appointments.”
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