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Civil Rights Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci Issue Statement Following Alachua County Sheriff’s Office’s Claims of No Wrongdoing in Death of Infant

December 1, 2021

National civil rights attorneys Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, and Natalie Jackson released the following statement following an internal investigation by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office that stated no wrongdoing was committed by Alachua County Jail Staff in death of infant who was born in the jail while the mother was in custody.

Pregnant at the time, Erica Thompson was taken into custody on August 9. Thompson gave birth alone in a jail cell despite her repeated cries for help, and the baby died due lack of medical care.

“The decision to thoroughly avoid accountability for those who were responsible for both Ms. Thompson and her unborn child is both stunning yet not surprising. The utter lack of care provided to an expectant mother while in custody defies fundamental civil rights, yet the treatment provided to those in the criminal justice system far too often reflects the reality of implicit bias. We are committed to bringing some measure of the justice this family deserves through litigation, despite the sheer lack of accountability we are seeing through other means.“

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Romanucci & Blandin is a Chicago-based national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death. Founded in 1998, we have decades of history securing verdicts and settlements for our clients - many for millions of dollars and others record-setting awards.  Our expertise ranges from medical malpractice and sexual abuse cases involving individual or institutional negligence to civil rights, police misconduct and workers compensation, making Romanucci & Blandin a valuable legal resource to individuals and groups of people who have been injured by others’ wrongdoing. Referring attorneys and clients say several factors differentiate our firm: Our record of success, depth of experience, talented and dedicated legal team, tireless preparation and strategic use of


Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit

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