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Miami Guard Sentenced for Assaulting and Scalding Detainee

A former Miami-Dade jail guard pleaded guilty to assaulting a pretrial detainee.  The incident occurred after an argument between the detainee and guard.

Joshua Wiggins, 21, was awaiting trial on cocaine trafficking charges in August 2012 when he got into an “exchange of insults” with guard Charlis Daniels-Wadley.  At one point, Daniels-Wadley, 28, threatened to mace Wiggins.  Several minutes later, she returned with a cup of hot water, opened the food flap on Wiggins’s cell, and threw the liquid on him.

Investigators say Wiggins “repeatedly begged for access to medical care and a telephone.”  No assistance, however, was rendered.  Wiggins was able to call his sister that night to have her report the incident.  “He spent the rest of the night crying for medical help,” said investigators.

The next morning Wiggins was finally taken to the jail’s medical clinic.  It was diagnosed by a doctor that he suffered second-degree burns to his chest.

Daniels-Wadley was charged with misdemeanor battery and pled guilty to the charge.  With Wiggins’ “blessing,” she received one year probation and must perform 50 hours of community service. 

Source: Miami Herald


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