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Mother ‘devastated’ after death of baby born in Ottawa jail cell a year ago

Julie Bilotta gave birth prematurely to her son Gionni on the floor of a segregation cell at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in September, 2012. Gionni has since died.


An autopsy has been scheduled this week after a baby born on the floor of an Ottawa jail cell a year ago died in hospital.

Julie Bilotta's lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, says the Cornwall, Ont., woman is "absolutely devastated" by the death of her one-year-old son, Gionni.

"How could this happen to us life will never be the same! We love you Gionni mommy will be with you soon," Bilotta wrote on her Facebook page, where she identifies herself as Julie Dakota Garlow. On Oct. 6, she posted that Gionni had been "sick all night" and brought to hospital.

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Cornwall police, meanwhile, say they were called to a home around 5 a.m. Sunday after a 13-month-old boy was found without vital signs.

They say the baby was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the coroner's office has been called in to investigate the child's "sudden death," which is required under provincial rules.

Bilotta gave birth prematurely on the floor of a segregation cell at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Sept. 29, 2012.

Cries for help by Bilotta, then 26, went unanswered for hours by prison staff while she was in labour.

With a report from Globe staff

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