Chattanooga woman sues prison for $125 million in death of baby

photo Countess Clemons

A Chattanooga woman has filed a lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America, seeking $125 million for the death of her child while she was in Silverdale Detention Center.

Countess Clemons was booked into Silverdale on Sept. 10, 2010, for an assault charge. During a medical screening the next day, jail staff verified that the 18-year-old woman was pregnant, later estimating her baby's age at about 15 weeks, according to court and jail documents.

Over the next two months and 10 days, Clemons complained about abdominal pain, a brown recluse spider bite, possible infections and an alleged five-hour span of vaginal bleeding, according to court documents.