Miami-Dade Jail Investigates Inmate Pregnancy Amidst Controversy and Security Concerns

Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center is currently facing intense scrutiny following the unexpected pregnancy of Daisy Link, an inmate held without bail on a second-degree murder charge. The unusual circumstances surrounding her pregnancy have sparked an active investigation by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation (MDCR).

According to jail records, Link, who is also facing a charge of battery by a detainee, informed MDCR staff on December 23 that she believed she was pregnant. Following a comprehensive medical examination, her pregnancy was confirmed. Juan Diasgranados, the Public Affairs Manager for MDCR, emphasized the institution’s commitment to the care, safety, and rehabilitation of all inmates. He stated that while there is no evidence of sexual battery at this time, the circumstances of the pregnancy are under thorough investigation.

An anonymous tip received by Local 10 News prior to the statement from MDCR suggested a bizarre scenario for Link’s pregnancy. The tipster claimed that a male inmate, housed on the floor above Link, managed to impregnate her through an unconventional method involving an air conditioning vent. The source indicated that while Link and the male inmate have never met in person, communication through the vents is common among inmates.

Link’s sister, Barreto, expressed concerns about the treatment her sister received following her disclosure of the pregnancy. She accused the jail staff of initially mocking and neglecting Link’s requests for help, including failing to provide rape treatment. It was only after reaching out to the media, Barreto claims, that the jail authorities began to seriously investigate the matter and consider various scenarios for the pregnancy.

The identity of the impregnator and the veracity of the pregnancy circumstances remain unconfirmed by MDCR. In his statement, Diasgranados detailed the healthcare procedures in place for pregnant inmates, including prenatal care, obstetrical services, and appropriate housing assignments in consultation with Correctional Health Services and outside obstetricians when necessary.

Link’s arrest on June 25, 2022, for the shooting death of a man outside her Homestead home was described as a domestic incident by the police. The victim was shot in the leg, and surveillance video captured Link making a statement about hitting a major artery, though the arrest report does not mention a motive for the shooting.
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The situation at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center raises critical questions about inmate safety, security protocols, and the adequacy of healthcare and support for pregnant inmates in correctional facilities. As the investigation into the pregnancy continues, the case highlights the need for thorough reviews of correctional practices and policies to ensure the safety and rights of all inmates.

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