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Julie Bilotta, Woman Who Gave Birth On Ottawa Prison Cell Floor, Released On Bail

10/18/2012 02:56 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST
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OTTAWA - One day after protesters called for her release, a woman who gave birth on the floor of an Ottawa jail cell is out from behind bars.

Julie Bilotta has been granted bail and released from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

Advocates for imprisoned women's rights demonstrated Wednesday, demanding a full inquiry into how Bilotta was treated.

The 26-year-old Cornwall, Ont. woman gave birth to a boy Sept. 29 in a segregation cell at the jail.

The birth took place without the help of a doctor after Bilotta said she vainly screamed for help for hours.

Bilotta's lawyer, Don Johnson, says she was released after posting $10,000 bail, on several conditions including that she live in an Ottawa home run by the Elizabeth Fry Society.

She is also required to have no contact with her co-accused in connection with drug charges she is facing.

A group calling itself the Mother and Baby Coalition for Justice said Bilotta's treatment at the hands of prison employees was not an isolated incident. But Ontario Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur said it was just that.

The ministry is conducting an internal investigation into why Bilotta was not taken to hospital to be treated by a doctor.

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