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Former jail guard pregnant with inmate’s child granted bail

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She's a tiny woman, one might almost call her a girl at first sight.

Doesn't look at all like what you would figure for a jail guard, a turnkey, a screw.

Doesn't look like a former teenage boxing champion, which she is. Married her coach's son.

Doesn't look much like an exotic dancer, the employment she took after being suspended from her job as a corrections officer at Toronto South Detention Centre because of the relationship into which she'd entered with an inmate.

Doesn't look at all like her sultry Facebook selfie.

Doesn't look pregnant either, not showing yet, at least not while enveloped in a baggy black hoodie. Hand raised to cover her face, brown hair pulled into two peroxided French braids, as Sukhpreet Singh left the University Ave. courthouse after making bail on a second bid for freedom — a contested bail review.

A previous judge, in March at College Park, had said no way. Superior Court Justice Maureen Forestell disagreed, taking note of the many weeks Singh had spent in protective custody lock-up — as a law enforcement member, kept apart — and her pregnancy and the fundamental premise that bail should be granted except in exceptional cases, risk of flight or risk to reoffend or risk to the public. She was released on an $11,000 surety, posted by her mother and younger sister.

Singh is 24 years old, has no criminal record and, until last summer, appears to have led an exemplary life, if maybe not particularly attentive to a toddler daughter after separating from her husband in 2018, leaving the little girl mostly in the care of parents and in-laws. Now she stands accused........

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