- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman has sued the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh and its former health care contractor for the death of her daughter from an anti-psychotic drug.

Cathy Wehrli’s federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says jail and Corizon Health officials wrongly gave her 31-year-old daughter Jacqulyn Wehrli the drug Haldol in May 2014.

The woman claims jail records show her daughter suffered from neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which is a life-threatening neurological reaction to certain anti-psychotic drugs, but gave her Haldol anyway.

The lawsuit says jail records show the woman’s condition became worse, but that jail officials did nothing until she became catatonic six days later. The lawsuit says Wehrli died months later and an autopsy determined Haldol was to blame.

The county and Corizon say they don’t comment on litigation.



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