NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An inmate’s death at a Nassau County jail last year could have been prevented, according to a report issued by a state commission.
The Commission of Correction’s report criticized Nassau jail officials and a private health care contractor in the death of 47-year-old Kevin Brown, Newsday reported.READ MORE: Armed Suspects Impersonated Police, Handcuffed Women During Alleged Bronx Home Invasion, NYPD Says
The report suggested that Brown’s death could have been prevented if he had received proper medical care and supervision.
Brown died in February 2014, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. The report’s findings indicated he died of heart failure.
Brown’s body, the report said, was in full rigor mortis when he was found in his cell, meaning he had been dead for more than four hours.READ MORE: 3 Teens Charged In Manhattan Subway Attacks, Police Release Video Of New Suspect Believed To Be Group's Lookout
According to the report, Armor Correctional Health Services’ deficient care resulted in mismanaged diagnoses. The report also said Armor was negligent because Brown wasn’t seen by a doctor after two seizure episodes.
Another inmate said he heard Brown banging in his cell for two hours before he was found dead, Hall reported.
An attorney for Nassau County said the administration is taking the allegation very seriously.
A spokesperson for Armor told WCBS 880 that due to federal HIPAA regulations, they could not comment on specific patients.MORE NEWS: Thomas Valva Case: Ex-NYPD Officer Michael Valva, Former Fiancée Angela Pollina Appear In Court For Pre-Trial Hearing
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