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Pettis County, MO

Pettis County, MO: (Sep-15-07) The family of Sheena Crawford, 20, who died in June 2005, after she ingested methamphetamine, brought a federal lawsuit against the county. The suit stated that Crawford died after a methamphetamine overdose, when she was being booked into the Pettis County Jail. The family filed the wrongful death suit in 2006, and alleged that the authorities showed deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. The suit named the county, city, a former police officer and two corrections officers as defendants. The lawsuit claimed that Crawford told the two jailers who booked her, Jennifer Meyer and Clarence McGoldrick, that she had swallowed methamphetamine, but she was not taken to the hospital until more than an hour later. The suit alleged that the jailers waited to receive approval from two supervisors before taking Crawford to the hospital. As part of a settlement reached, Pettis County agreed to resolve the federal lawsuit with a $100,000 payout. [LAKE EXPO ONLINE: METH OVERDOSE]

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Published on Sep-18-07


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