Jail nurse charged with homicide after death of 21-year-old inmate

Jail nurse charged with homicide after death of 21-year-old inmate (Photo: Jensen family)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - The Utah Attorney General’s Office charged 50-year-old Jana Clyde with one count of negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor, in the death of Madison Jensen.

The charging documents say Clyde did not give Jensen help even though she was very ill.

Jensen died in the Duchesne County Jail on Dec. 1, 2016. The medical examiner said she died of dehydration as a result of heart arrhythmia due to dehydration.

Jared Jensen, Madison’s father, said the charges should have been more severe but he’s glad the attorney general took some action.

“Hopefully some good will come out of that,” he said.

The Jensen family filed a civil lawsuit against Clyde, the Duchesne County sheriff and the jail commander.

Clyde is the only person facing criminal charges in the case.

Jared said on Nov. 27, 2016, his daughter was showing suicidal behavior.

It was Sunday and his family couldn’t get her mental health help. So, they called the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy showed up and Madison explained she had used heroin days earlier and she also was on medication for seizures.

Madison’s father agreed it was best to take her to jail, where she could be watched. The deputy said she could get the court to order her to a facility that could help her.

Jared said he was told his daughter would be in a room with a glass window where she could be monitored and could get medical attention.

Instead, Jared said Madison was placed in “H” block.

The charging documents state Clyde took Madison’s blood pressure then approved the medications Madison took with her to jail.

“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 documents also state a jail deputy told Clyde that Madison did not look well and couldn’t get out of her bed but Clyde made no attempts to check on Madison.

Jared said he thought sending his daughter to jail would lead to the help she needed.

“It turned out to be her grave ... She went in alive, came out in a body bag for the lack of an IV fluid,” he said.

Jared said even if his daughter was a habitual heroin addict, the jail had a responsibility to care for her while she was in its custody.

“We trusted our county officials to do the right thing,” he said.

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