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$445,000 Settlement in Ohio Jail Prisoner’s Medical Death

Ohio’s Hancock County Jail agreed to pay $445,000 in the death of a prisoner. The settlement provides no liability of wrongdoing in the April 26, 2006 death of prisoner Lisa Waddell.
The suit was brought by Waddell’s daughter. Waddell was found unresponsive in her cell on April 25 and she died the next day at a local hospital. Details on the cause of death were not available.

What is known is that guard Jeffrey T. Baney was fired in November 2006 because of the event. In August 2007, Baney, who was in charge of ensuring prisoners received medical care, was found guilty of a second degree misde-meanor for dereliction of duty. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The January 24, 2009 settlement provides for the defendants to pay the costs of the litigation. The plaintiff was repre-sented by attorney Paul Belazis. See: Shoemaker v. Heldman, USDC, N.D. Ohio, Case No: 3:07CV00617.

Additional Source: Toledo Blade.

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Shoemaker v. Heldman