Indianapolis—The family of 27-year old Amber Redden now know how she died inside Liberty Hall Jail for Women but they still don't know why.
Autopsy results show Amber died from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, which a condition where a fetus grows outside a mother's womb, often inside the fallopian tube. When a rupture occurs, doctors say the only option is emergency surgery.
"There is significant bleeding, and it is considered a surgical emergency," said Dr. John Cleary, an Ob/Gyn at St. Vincent's Womens Hospital.
Amber's mother, Lisa Nipper, says Amber had been complaining for days over the phone that she wasn't feeling well. At two months pregnant, Nipper said Amber had not had an ultrasound and nobody knew about her ectopic pregnancy. On Sunday, Nipper said somebody at the jail had told her that Amber had been given Tylenol and moved into a cooler room because of a fever. By 10 p.m., Amber had died.
"They told me she'd had a seizure, and I said Amber has never had a seizure in her life," Nipper said.
Amber Redden had been transferred days earlier from a medical wing at the Marion County Jail and was serving a sentence for theft. The privately operated Liberty Hall Jail is a facility that holds only mothers and pregnant women, which is why Redden's family is so confused and upset.
"I know sometimes people fake it but if a pregnant woman says she's not feeling well for days why would you only give her Tylenol and move her to a cooler room?"
IMPD and Liberty Hall officials say Redden's death is still an open investigation but have not commented further. Redden's family says they have already contacted an attorney and will explore a possible wrongful death lawsuit.