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Jefferson County sheriff: Inmate's death was 'potentially preventable'


DENVER — The Jefferson County sheriff says the death of an inmate was "potentially preventable."

Jennifer Lobato was arrested for shoplifting March 1 and reported feeling ill the following day. She was scheduled to be seen during routine medical rounds that evening, but she stopped breathing before she could be seen by a medical professional.

The Denver Post reports ( ) Lobato complained to jail staff that she was withdrawing from "meth," though investigators haven't determined if she meant methamphetamine or methadone.

According to an internal investigation, a deputy who saw Lobato vomiting before her death said something to the effect of "that's why you shouldn't do drugs."

Referring to those remarks, Sheriff Jeff Shrader said the conduct of some employees "don't reflect the values of the organization and there will likely be discipline."

Information from: The Denver Post,

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