Archive for Friday, April 23, 2010

Montana jury finds no liability for jail where Haskell student died last November

April 23, 2010, 3:30 p.m. Updated April 23, 2010, 3:43 p.m.


A coroner’s jury last month in Montana found detention officers were not criminally liable in the November death of Haskell Indian Nations University freshman A.J. LongSoldier, who died after being incarcerated in a county jail.

LongSoldier, 18, who was a high school basketball standout in Montana, was in custody in November in the Hill County Jail in Montana for an alleged probation violation.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown said the autopsy determined LongSoldier died of acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome. He said while in custody LongSoldier felt ill and was taken to the hospital, but later was released back to the jail. When his condition worsened on Nov. 22, LongSoldier was again taken to Northern Montana Hospital in Havre where he died.

Brown said it was not common but also not unheard of for the body to shut down due to acute alcohol withdrawal. Montana state law requires a jury to decide circumstances of any death that occurs to an inmate in custody, he said.


Danielle Brunin 8 years, 1 month ago

Not to be insensitive, but what in the heck is "acute alcohol awareness syndrome?" I googled it and I didn't find any such term. Intoxication or withdrawal maybe?

haskellnews 8 years, 1 month ago

We are truly sorry.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Classification and external resources

Ethanol ICD-10 F10.3, F10.4 ICD-9 291.81 DiseasesDB 3543 MedlinePlus 000764

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the set of symptoms seen when an individual reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. Excessive abuse of alcohol leads to tolerance, physical dependence, and an alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The withdrawal syndrome is largely due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state. Unlike most withdrawals from other drugs, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. The withdrawal syndrome can include seizures and delirium tremens and may lead to excito-neurotoxicity.[1]

feeble 8 years, 1 month ago

How does an 18 year old develop this condition? By drinking a liter of vodka every day for a year?

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 1 month ago

Looks like they've fixed it now. Condolences for this young man's family and friends.

geekyhost 8 years, 1 month ago

At 18? He was so addicted he died of withdrawal? I just can't imagine. This is so sad.

ssakcaj 8 years, 1 month ago

How is it sad? It seems like a self-inflicted condition to me.

asbury 8 years, 1 month ago

You have no idea what alcohlism is. Do you?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 1 month ago

Something doesn't add up here. How can someone at 18 years old be a standout basketball player and such a hardcore alcoholic that he dies from the DT's?

geekin_topekan 8 years, 1 month ago

Bozo, that is the universal answer to everything when an Indian stands to have a case.

He is/was drunk=problem solved.

Standard answer,nothing more to see here.

Deja Coffin 8 years, 1 month ago

When my husband joined the Marines he had severe tobacco and alcohol withdrawal symptoms that he said was like having a really bad case of the flu. He joined after a college football stint and during a period in his life where he was just partying all the time. Thank goodness the man he is today is completely different then that young wild kid he was.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this kid. It's a very sad situation.

asbury 8 years, 1 month ago

Clearly a few previous posters here have no clue about alcoholism, what it truly is, and the deadly effect of withdrawal. I'm not going to get into a medical debate here, but alcohol withdrawal is known to be more deadly than w/d from other substances. A lot could be said, too, about exactly why Native Ameicans are more susecptible to alcoholism. edjahawk is on the right path.....Natives weren't introduced to ETOH until Europeans introduced it to them, just a few hundred years ago. Europeans have consumed alcohol for many centuries, and have developed a genetic tolerance, Natives haven't. I actually intended only to comment on the article itself. I am not surprised that the jail was not found to be liable. Of course, they were. Jail employess allowed this young man's symptoms to become lethal before seeking appropriate aid. It is my strong opinion that inmates are denied adequate medical care in many areas......Bear in mind that one does not have to have committed a heinous crime to be in may have inadvertantly missed your traffic court date, or forgotten to pay a fine.......and in those few hours while you are being processed and bailed out, you just might fall victim to your hypertension, your blood sugar may fall, or you might have a heart attack. Would it be ok for your medical needs be made light of?

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 8 years, 1 month ago

He was taken to the hospital twice, so his symptoms weren't ignored. Not sure why he was released from the hospital the first time, but the real question to ask is how an 18 year old developed this strong of an addiction in the first place. Where were his parents during the past several years? Are there any other children in the household heading down the same path? An investigation needs to be done.

asbury 8 years, 1 month ago

You have a point. I explained before, however, why Natives are more susceptable to alcoholism. He may not have been drinking at all before he left home and became a student. Who has liability there? You are most likely correct though, that he should never have been released from the hospital in the first place.

Soap 8 years, 1 month ago

no surprises here.. the statistics on native americans and alcohol abuse are absolutely staggering.. so is muder and suicide statistics.. an 18 yo with dt's?? no biggie, just another day in the life.. the fact that YOU PEOPLE still don't get it is the only shocker..

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