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Hospital records mentioned that Chacón had a forensic restraint on her ankle. Doctors turned down a request from New Times to talk about her case, even after Chacón gave consent for the release of her medical files.
Over the following weeks, after she was back in the county lock-up, her breasts swelled and hurt. Jail guards wouldn't give her a breast pump. Nor would they give her enough medication to make the pain stop. She got one dose of pain medication a day, no matter how extreme her discomfort.
She worried about her four children, who were left alone in the care of her 17-year-old son, William. She said the baby's father, her boyfriend, had left her after he found out she was pregnant.
"I felt so sad to see her children alone," said Chacón's mother, Maria Gómez, who arrived from Durango, Mexico, with a visa four days after her daughter was arrested.
Gómez took care of Chacón's new baby, who had been picked up at the hospital by a family friend.
On October 29, a judge let her go but told Chacón she'd be on probation for two years, during which time she must pay all her remaining fines.
She waited 14 extra days in jail to be picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"[ICE officers] took me to the Florence Detention Center, where they treated me much better," she said. "At least not like an animal."
There, she refused to sign a document for her voluntary removal from the country.
The story of an immigrant mother's struggle to care for her children was told repeatedly on Spanish-language radio. People in her community raised $3,000 needed to make the bond set by an immigration judge, and she was released from custody.
Chacón's hopes are up these days. After almost 20 years in the country, she may have a strong case to stay with her five children — who are all U.S.-born and therefore American citizens. Her attorney filed a motion to cancel her deportation, and now she's hoping to get a work permit.
It's been a year since the arrest (baby Jacqueline just turned 1).
"I'm not afraid to come out with my story," she said. "But I'm disappointed to see that not much has been done to stop [Joe Arpaio]."