Video shows response to woman who died in custody at Bi-State Jail

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 1:26 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2016 at 2:48 AM CDT
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In September, Angerbauer's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson and LaSalle...
In September, Angerbauer's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson and LaSalle Corrections, the contractor that operates the Bi-State Jail. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - Video from the final moments of a woman who died while in custody at the Bi-State Jail in Texarkana was released Thursday by the attorney for her family.

Morgan Angerbauer, who was diabetic, died just 8 days shy of her 21st birthday and 3 days after she was booked into the jail for failing to appear in court on drug possession charge.

She was found unresponsive in her medical observation cell early on the morning of July 1, 2016. The video, obtained by The Texarkana Gazette and posted on Wednesday on YouTube, shows vocational nurse Brittany Johnson repeatedly pricking Angerbauer's finger before trying to check her blood pressure.

The Gazette reports that Angerbauer "appears to slip deeper and deeper into an unconscious state, particularly after Johnson squeezes tubes of glucose, pure sugar, into the diabetic's mouth."

More than 45 minutes passed from the time Angerbauer is found on the floor of the cell before paramedics were called. When they arrived, it was too late.

The medical examiner blamed Angerbauer's death on acute diabetic ketoacidosis, a buildup of acid in the bloodstream when blood sugar levels run too high for too long. The condition is a side effect of untreated diabetes that usually takes many hours to become serious but it can be life-threatening if not addressed.

An investigation into the death led to a charge of misdemeanor negligent homicide being filed against Johnson.

In September, Angerbauer's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson and LaSalle Corrections, the contractor that operates the Bi-State Jail.

Andy and Jennifer Houser say they hope the suit will prevent the possibility of other inmate deaths at the facility.

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