Medical Records Seized In Jail Death

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The mother of an inmate who died at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center says her daughter's death was due to inadequate medical care.

Shirley Dorton of Paintsville told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday that her daughter, 43-year-old Sherry McFaddin, had pneumonia or "some sort of flu," and was not taken to a doctor until three days after being moved from her cell so other inmates wouldn't get sick.

On Thursday, Kentucky State Police siezed records from the jail as part of an investigation into McFaddin's death and other alleged criminal activity.

Detective Ben Cramer said McFaddin died at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville on March 27.

Big Sandy is a regional jail for Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Lawrence counties and also houses state inmates.

Dorton says McFaddin, a mother of four and grandmother of three, was three weeks into a 90-day sentence for stealing a purse and writing $1,500 worth of checks to Wal-Mart, Kmart and Food City. Dorton says McFaddin was having financial problems and purchased items such as Tylenol and children's socks.


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