- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Family members of a woman who died at the Jefferson County jail while awaiting medical treatment are suing the county and jail deputies they say scoffed at her pleas for help.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/0AO4PG ) the lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of 38-year-old Jennifer Lobato, who died March 2 of opiate withdrawal, says seven deputies ignored signs of her illness for 12 hours until her death.

Lobato, who was arrested for shoplifting March 1, stopped breathing before she could be seen by a medical professional.

According to an internal investigation, a deputy who saw Lobato vomiting said something to the effect of “that’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.” Six deputies were formally reprimanded.

Sheriff Jeff Shrader said then that policies have been changed since the death, including faster medical response time.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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