DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 26, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Attorney General’s office has charged a jail nurse with negligent homicide in the 2016 death of an inmate.
According to a probable cause statement, defendant Jana Clyde, a nurse at the Duchesne County Jail, was told of the deteriorating condition of prisoner Madison Jensen, “… and did not provide intervention or followup care to the victim despite being the onsite medical staff, and the victim died as a result.”
The 21-year-old victim, from Roosevelt, was booked on Nov. 27 for internal consumption/possession of both marijuana and heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the statement says.
Asked if she was going through drug withdrawal, Jensen replied that she was, and that “… her drug of choice was heroin,” and that she also used prescription medicine to treat her blood pressure.
Clyde was assigned to get the victim’s prescription approved, which she did, and to evaluate her health, which Clyde reportedly did not do.
“Despite being very ill with both vomiting and diarrhea, defendant took no action to address this condition, and the victim was placed back into the general population of the jail,” the probable cause statement says. On Nov. 29, a deputy reported that Jensen’s condition had worsened.
“The deputy reported the victim’s deteriorating condition to defendant, who did not act
to treat or follow up with the victim’s deteriorating condition and medical needs, even though the victim was then moved to a monitored cell with video surveillance away from the general inmate population,” the statement says.
On Nov. 30, the deputy had to help the victim take her medication, and reported to Clyde that Jensen could not get off her bed.
“Defendant made no assessment, did not see the victim, nor made any attempt to check on the welfare of the victim,” the statement says.
“December 1, 2016, the victim was found unresponsive in her jail cell and she was pronounced dead. Ultimately the medical examiner determined the victim died of a cardiac arrhythmia due to dehydration, in the setting of opiate withdrawal.”