A Texas woman, jailed in Nevada last year for unpaid traffic tickets, died days later in her jail cell after reportedly being denied medical care while detoxing.
State investigators released a 300-page report regarding the July 23, 2017, death of Kelly Coltrain, 27. Authorities found Coltrain unresponsive in her cell after her medical issues were ignored by Mineral County Jail staff.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the report concluded that the jail violated protocol by denying Coltrain medical care even after she informed staff that she was withdrawing from drugs and was susceptible to having seizures.
Despite this, it allegedly took staff more than six hours to notice Coltrain lying motionless in her cell after suffering a fatal seizure.
“Unfortunately, since you’re DT’ing, I’m not going to take you over to the hospital right now just to get your fix,” Deputy Ray Gulcynski told Coltrain after she asked to go to the hospital, according to the state report. “That’s not the way detention works, unfortunately. You are incarcerated with us, so…you don’t get to go to the hospital when you want. When we feel that your life is at risk…then you will go.”
The Epoch Times reported that Coltrain experienced vomiting, trembling, and convulsions. Instead of taking her to the hospital located across the street, Mineral County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Holland reportedly gave her a mop and directed her to clean her cell—returning to point out spots she missed.
Even as an ailing Coltrain tried to mop from her bed, Holland chalked it up as her being “lazy,” the report stated.
An hour later, at 6:26 p.m., Coltrain became motionless. At 12:30 a.m., a deputy came to move Coltrain and found her unresponsive body—prompting him to nudge her with his foot and touch her arm before returning moments later to check her pulse.
The report indicated that a forensic technician tended to the body at 5:48 a.m. Paramedics weren’t called nor were any attempts made to resuscitate the inmate, according to the newspaper.
In light of their probe, state investigators asked the Mineral County District Attorney to file criminal charges, finding the jail acted inhumanely.
Meanwhile, Coltrain’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the jail of ignoring the late woman’s serious medical condition, even though she disclosed she was going through withdrawals and had a history of seizures.
“Kelly Coltrain’s medical condition was treatable and her death preventable,” lawyers wrote in Wednesday’s filing. “If Ms. Coltrain had received timely and appropriate medical care, she would not have died. Kelly Coltrain suffered a protracted, extensive, painful, unnecessary death as a result of [the] defendants’ failures.”
[Featured Image: Mineral County Sheriff’s Office]