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Family Of Inmate Who Died In Jail Files Tort Claim

Last updated on Thursday, September 13, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The family of an inmate who died while in custody filed a tort claim against the state Wednesday.

Fox59 reports, Rachel Wood died behind bars in April as a result of medical negligence.

While behind bars Wood started to get sick from complications of lupus.

According to the Marion County Coroner's Office, Wood died, at least in part, because of therapeutic misadventure - which means doctor error.

The coroner's report claimed at the time of death, Wood's body was overloaded a number of drugs, including the pain killer Hydrocodone and the antidepressant Citalopram.

It is recommended a patient's body should have between 10 and 120 nanograms of the antidepressant in its system.

Rachel Wood had more 3,660 nano-grams of Citalopram in her body when she died.

The family said the state violated Wood`s rights by not protecting her while she was locked up.

Now, the family says the state has indicated it will blame her death on the medical company hired by the state to care for its inmates.

A family spokesperson said they will pursue legal action against that company.

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