Ta’Neasha Chappell was arrested for theft in Brownstown, Indiana, in Could 2021. Lower than two months later, she was lifeless from an obvious poisoning in an area jail. Regardless of repeatedly calling for assist, jail workers ignored her pleas—and even accused her of faking her signs.
Chappell’s household has since filed a lawsuit in opposition to the jail workers who ignored her apparent want for medical consideration—and the case is ready to go to trial later this yr.
Chappell was pulled over on Could 26, 2021, on suspicion of stealing $3,000 of merchandise from a clothes retailer. Throughout the cease, Chappell fled the scene, main police in a high-speed chase that ended with Chappell crashing her automobile right into a ditch. Based on a Rolling Stone investigation of the incident revealed final month, she was charged with a litany of crimes, together with resisting regulation enforcement, theft, leaving the scene of an accident, and possession of marijuana. Her bail was set at $4,000—an quantity too excessive for her household to pay.
Chappell—who pled not responsible—could be compelled to attend the six months earlier than her trial date within the Jackson County Jail. Based on Rolling Stone, Chappell confronted a litany of racist abuse from her fellow inmates, who “described heated interactions, admitting to hurling racist slurs. One inmate mentioned she known as Chappell a ‘n—-r bitch’ after a dispute over a breakfast tray, and that she known as Chappell the n-word some 50 occasions in all.”
On July 15, Chappell grew to become mysteriously and violently ailing. Based on audio information obtained by the Rolling Stone, she known as for assist repeatedly all through the night time. She first known as for assist at 8:30 p.m., saying she was throwing up blood. Throughout the night time she grew to become more and more incoherent, stripping off her garments and soiling herself. The Rolling Stone experiences that whereas jail employees did go to Chappell’s cell, nobody supplied medical care or known as an ambulance.
At 12:30 p.m. on July 16, Chappell was taken to a holding cell, the place the Rolling Stone experiences that officers “might see her on digital camera stumbling, falling, and hitting her head on a metallic bunk with a bang.” At 3:12, a jail worker advised Chappell—who was mendacity on the ground moaning, “This simply makes us assume you are faking it,” including, “Should you’re not gonna stand up and dress, we’re simply gonna go away you alone. And you’ll simply sit there and undergo.” Chappell responded by saying that she felt like she was “on hearth.”
Three minutes later, jail employees known as an ambulance—although the Rolling Stone notes that jail workers didn’t say it was an emergency. Regardless of being positioned on a ventilator on the hospital, she was pronounced lifeless at 5:45 that night.
Based on the Rolling Stone, Chappell’s dying was “possible toxicity from an unknown substance,” based mostly upon “a inexperienced liquid in Chappell’s stomach and her altered psychological state, amongst others.” Nonetheless, Chappell’s physique fluids examined adverse for narcotics and several other different chemical compounds. The Rolling Stone experiences that police paperwork discovered a number of inmates who mentioned that Chappell had been poisoned by different prisoners, who “had allegedly been slipping a cleansing product, which they known as ‘the inexperienced cleaner,’ into her foods and drinks,” although police have been unable to discover a lab that will take a look at Chappell’s physique fluids for traces of the cleaner.
Within the aftermath of Chappell’s dying, her household has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the jail workers who ignored her cries for assist. The case is ready to go to trial in June.
Jail employees “didn’t carry out their respective duties to take care of Ta’Neasha and took grossly negligent actions that successfully negated her possibilities of survival,” the lawsuit states. “As a direct and proximate results of the Defendants detached, willful, wanton, reckless, grossly negligent, and negligent acts as set out above, Ta’Neasha suffered bodily and emotionally.”
Chappell shouldn’t be the primary particular person to die underneath mysterious circumstances within the Jackson County Jail. In August 2021, Joshua McLemore, a person with untreated schizophrenia died of a number of organ failure after he was left in a solitary cell for 3 weeks—throughout which period he refused to eat and have become more and more delirious. McLemore’s household has additionally filed a lawsuit in opposition to the jail.
“They’d an obligation to guard her,” Chappell’s sister advised the Rolling Stone. “She was not attended to as a result of she was a Black girl they usually did not really feel like she was price getting any consideration.”