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Settlement approved for woman who gave birth while shackled

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When a woman gave birth while shackled in police custody, it made national headlines.

The Metro Council took steps to resolve the case Tuesday night and agreed to pay Juana Villegas nearly a half-million dollar settlement.

Villegas, who was pregnant at the time, was stopped for a traffic violation back in 2008. She didn't have the proper documents to be in the country and was detained.

Two days later she delivered her baby while shackled.

The charges against her were later dropped and she sued.

The case has played out in the courts ever since.

"Our legal department believes in conjunction with the plaintiff's lawyers that this is a fair settlement not only to the poor woman but also to our community in terms of actually saving us money if we were to pursue the litigation," said Ronnie Steine, Metro Council budget committee chair.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall says his officers followed protocol at the time although they changed their practices prior to the lawsuit.

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