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Leon County Sheriff's Office Sued for Inmate Death

Leon County Jail
Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 18:00:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office is facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The mother of Shanike Miller says her daughter died of liver failure from a mood stabilizer given to her while she was an inmate.

Also listed in the lawsuit are the jail, its health provider, and a doctor at the jail.

Miller was arrested on September 30, 2013 and booked in the county jail that day. Three months later, she died.

The lawsuit claims Miller was given the wrong medication which led to her death.

According to the lawsuit, Miller suffered from psychiatric problems and was placed under the care of Corizon Health and a doctor at the jail.

Miller was given Tegretol despite refusing the drug several times. The lawsuit states Tegretol shouldn't be prescribed without first getting blood tests. However, in this case, no tests were taken, but the drug was given anyway, according to the lawsuit.

A few weeks before she died, Miller's lab results indicated she had jaundice, but rather than get an immediate referral, corizon and the doctor delayed it for at least a day, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also states Corizon Health was "negligent" in treating Miller and their actions "were done with reckless indifference" to her rights.

WTXL has reached out to the lawyers representing Miller's estate and the sheriff's office about this case for comment.