Florida Inmate's Pregnancy Delays House Arrest Decision Amid Investigation

February 8, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes

A judge has delayed making a decision on whether to transfer a Florida inmate, Daisy Link, from the county jail to house arrest after she became pregnant during her time at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

The decision was postponed pending the release of medical and corrections records.

Link, 28, has been held without bond since June 2022 on a charge of second-degree murder. Her attorney, Marlene Montaner, stated that the charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident during which Link feared for her life. The trial date is yet to be confirmed.

During Wednesday's hearing, Montaner requested that the judge reconsider an earlier order denying Link’s pretrial release and suggested she live with her sister under home confinement with electronic monitoring instead of being incarcerated. She argued that "my client’s baby’s health is at risk."

More medical records dating back to the start of her pregnancy will be handed over to the prosecution, as well as corrections records documenting Link's requests for healthcare treatment in jail. Montaner said that her client had asked for a pregnancy test on November 7 but was not granted one until late December and has also been denied Gatorade to help with dehydration from morning sickness.

The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department have not yet commented on the allegations, stating that they are currently under investigation. A spokesperson confirmed that pregnant inmates receive "timely and appropriate prenatal care."

Montaner stated that her client needs to be transferred out of jail as soon as possible for the safety of both mother and child. She added: “The baby deserves the protection of the court and the protection of having the right care.”

Link's murder charge arose from an incident involving an abusive partner, according to Montaner. Photos provided by NBC News appear to show Link with blood running down her shoulder from her head, which were allegedly caused by injuries sustained during abuse.

The affidavit obtained by NBC News states that the man who was killed had a gunshot wound to his right leg and that Link told investigators: “I didn’t mean to shoot him; I was just trying to scare him.” The defense maintains that their client acted in self-defense.

The judge has yet to make a decision on whether to transfer Daisy Link from jail to house arrest, with the case set to continue at a later date.

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