Judge temporarily waives bond; county officials were concerned about paying medical expenses


Miranda Luker is expected to be released from jail today. But she'll have to return or pay a $2,500 bond soon after giving birth. (Photo provided)

GREENFIELD — A pregnant inmate in the Hancock County Jail was granted a special request to leave the facility and give birth after county officials fretted for weeks over how much it would cost taxpayers to cover her medical bills.

Miranda Luker, 23, is expected to be released today – just two days before her due date. She hasn’t yet paid her $2,500 bond, but Judge Terry Snow granted home detention to Luker after public safety and elected officials wondered how much her medical bills would dent the county’s inmate health fund.

It was a situation county officials haven’t ever faced before, and though Luker is required to return to the facility after she delivers or pays her bond, public officials are breathing a sigh of relief that the county won’t be on the hook to cover her medical expenses.

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