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Shocking report questions St. Louis City jail's role in death of inmate

Shocking report questions jail's role in death of inmate
May 30, 2007

(KMOV) -- An internal city report obtained by News 4 raises serious and troubling questions about the death of a woman at the St. Louis Justice Center.

The fire department report alleges poor medical care, delays and incompetence may have contributed to the death of LaVonda Kimble.

How LaVonda Kimble died at the St. Louis Justice Center has been in dispute since April 11, when Annie Kimble learned her daughter had died less than 12 hours after arriving at the jail.

News 4 has obtained a scathing St. Louis fire department report in which a paramedic treating Kimble concludes, "The care our patient received prior to St. Louis fire department personnel (arriving) was sub-standard at best and the fact that we were not able to reach the patient immediately was detrimental to the patient's outcome."

The fire department report indicates it took paramedics "at least eight minutes" to get to Kimble because initially no jail personnel escorted them, they were sent on their own to wander around the jail.

The report states, "Firemen on scene informed EMS that the jail staff were doing CPR on the patient's stomach instead of her chest upon their arrival."

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“Remember, Kimble is in cardiac arrest,” the paramedic writes. "We asked the nurse, ‘did you apply the defibrillator or a monitor and shock the patient prior to our arrival’ and she just looked at us and asked what we were talking about."

Kimble, who was brought to the jail for failing to appear in court for two traffic violations, suffered from chronic asthma and sickle cell anemia. She took a variety of prescription drugs including morphine for the sickle cell.

News 4 asked both the city corrections department and the mayor's office for their reaction, but we did not receive a reply.

The jail's private medical company sent us a statement reading in part, “Healthcare staff members working at the jail have been trained in the use of life support techniques, including cardio pulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillators.”
 
 

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Re: Shocking report questions St. Louis City jail's role in death of inmate

Not "shocking" in the least, the logic of the 'criminal justice system' makes it to where they must keep at least 2 million people locked up so that they can have their 'free society', kill a few of them now and then to make room for more, think of everyone else as 'potential criminals', keep us under surveillance, in line, and made to be obedient citizens.
 

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