Baby at centre of controversial jail cell birth dies

Julie Bilotta speaks to reporters outside the Cornwall courthouse in Ottawa in this file photo....

Julie Bilotta speaks to reporters outside the Cornwall courthouse in Ottawa in this file photo. (KATHRYN BURNHAM/QMI Agency)

Chris Hofley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 AM ET

OTTAWA - The baby of a woman at the centre of a jail guard controversy at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre died Sunday.

Julie Bilotti alleged guards stood idle as she gave birth to her son in her cell last year.

Her son, Gionni, 1, died in his sleep Sunday morning, a friend of Bilotti’s told the Sun.

Bilotti’s Facebook page — under the name Julie Dakota Garlow — had condolences flowing in after Bilotti broke the news to her friends.

“How could this happen to us?” she posted. “Life will never be the same. We love you Gionni mommy will be with you soon.”

Bilotta was behind bars when she gave birth to the baby boy, who was born feet-first and a month premature.

At the time, Bilotti’s mother, Kim Hurtubise, told the Sun that it took jail staff nine hours to call an ambulance for Bilotta, who was crying in pain. Paramedics took mother and baby to the hospital, where Bilotta underwent a blood transfusion and the baby needed a ventilator, Hurtubi


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