HORRIFYING footage shows a naked mom-of-five hallucinating in a jail cell before she died of starvation.
Damaris Rodriguez didn’t eat for the four days she was in prison, her lawyer has claimed, after she was arrested while suffering as mental episode.
Her family have now filed as lawsuit claiming she was suffering from a condition called ketoacidosis as a result of not being fed but wasn’t given help.
Husband Rey had called 911 on December 30, telling an operator that his wife, who had previously been treated for bipolar disorder, was “having a psychiatric problem…, being violent, and has already hit me twice”.
Rey said that he needed a medic, but instead police were dispatched.
Rodriguez was taken to the South Correctional Entity Jail, where security footage appears to show her being dragged into a cell in handcuffs and left lying face down.
She was later moved to another cell, and by the following day could be seen naked, vomiting, and crawling around on the floor.
Rodriguez is seen being moved to another cell about 20 minutes later, where she begins walking in circles.
She is seen lying in the fetal position face down on the floor and occasionally flailing her arms about in front of her.
Later footage shows her deteriorating condition as she drinks from a tap, gags and shivers in the hours before her death.
Speaking to local station KIRO7, family attorney Nate Bingham said: “Almost every second that she was in jail was captured on video, and I think the only way to describe that video is as a window into hell.”
He said Rodriguez spent “four days alone in a cell, naked, surrounded by her own urine and vomit…, fighting both mentally and physically against her own hallucinations.”
Later footage shows Rodriguez waving at a camera for attention, banging on the door, and throwing objects around her cell.
FOUR DAYS WITHOUT FOOD
Despite having been booked, Rodriguez was never arraigned or taken to a court.
Federal law dictates that detainees be released or charged within 72 hours of their arrest.
In total, Rodriguez was in custody for 106 hours prior to her death.
Bingham said she ultimately succumbed to an “easily diagnosable and treatable metabolic condition called ketoacidosis”.
Ketoacidosis is caused by the build up in the body of harmful substances known as ketones that alter the levels of acids in the blood.
It is most commonly a complication of diabetes, but can also be caused by alcohol, medication, and toxins.
It causes nausea, stomach pain, and confusion, and requires urgent medical attention.
Rodriguez’s eldest son, Jose Marte, told CBS News his family is now filing a lawsuit against the South Correctional Entity Jail “to bring justice to what has happened” and to highlight “these type of situations that are happening in these jail systems.”
“I feel like all of this could have been prevented,” he said.