Tasered South Side woman gives birth to baby boy
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO AND KARA SPAK Staff Reporters July 24, 2012 7:46PM
Tiffany Rent talks about her Taser scuffle with police on June 14 at her lawyer's office. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: August 26, 2012 6:22AM
The South Side woman who was eight months pregnant when Tasered by Chicago Police last month gave birth Saturday to a baby boy.
“I’m doing OK,” said Tiffany Rent after returning home from a doctor’s appointment Tuesday evening with her fiancé, Joseph Hobbs. “I’m doing a lot better than I was before [the Taser incident].”
Rent said the baby was induced for “a situation” but she said it had nothing to do with the baby’s heart, although she refused to elaborate.
Rent said her family is “keeping a close eye” on the new baby — a boy named after his father, Joseph.
“So far we haven’t had any tests but that’s what’s expected to happen,” said Rent about tests for the infant.
The scuffle June 5 with Chicago police started when police ticketed Rent for parking in a disabled spot at a South Side Walgreens. Rent ripped up the ticket, throwing the pieces at the officer, police said.
The officer then asked for Rent’s ID so he could write her a ticket for littering, police said at the time of the incident. Police said Rent shouted expletives and tried to drive off.
Then she was Tasered in the chest as her two children, ages 3 and 9, watched.
Rent claims she wasn’t parking in the space but had to stop to drop someone off. Her 3-year-old opened the car door, she previously said, and Rent got out of the car to put the child back in.
Rent’s case was sent to the Independent Police Review Authority. After the incident, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said stun guns should be used “when you’re overcoming an assault or preventing escape.”
Rent’s attorney previously said police should have seen that she was pregnant. She is suing Chicago Police in federal court.