Jailer: Tiffany Pittman Got Pregnant on Furlough
By WestKyStar Staff
BENTON, KY - The woman convicted of manslaughter and DUI in a fatal car crash in 2011 is pregnant.
Marshall County Jailer Roger Ford told the Paducah Sun that Tiffany Pittman has signed a statement saying that her boyfriend is the father of her child, and that she has not had any physical contact with anyone in the jail. Ford told the paper that Pittman was given furlough one or twice a week prior to her conviction, so she could get counseling at Four Rivers Behavioral Health for a pre-existing condition. Pittman's statement said she believed the baby was conceived in November when she was out of jail for one of those appointments.
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship and Circuit Judge Dennis Foust told the Sun that Pittman was only allowed to leave with her mother, Misty Flint, who would post bond, and was required to go straight to counseling and straight back to jail. They said it's possible that Pittman or Flint could now face contempt of court charges. Pittman's boyfriend, or anyone else who had any contact with her, cannot face charges because they aren't named in the court's furlough papers.
Typically, women in Kentucky who have babies in prison are transferred to Peewee Valley, but Pittman may be housed at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia until her due date nears. All inmate's babies are placed in someone's care, but visitation is allowed while the mother's sentence is served.
Pittman was convicted of manslaughter, wanton endangerment, and DUI after a head-on crash on August 15, 2011, in which 46-year-old Stephen "Jimmy" Harper was killed. She was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison.