State investigating after inmate dies in Monroe County Jail

State investigating after inmate dies in Monroe County Jail

December 12, 2018 02:16 PM

An internal investigation into the death of an inmate has prompted the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to sustain departmental charges and impose discipline for the deputies involved.

On Sept. 4, two deputies discovered 32-year-old Sitarah Daniels unresponsive in her cell and immediately performed CPR. While performing CPR for nearly 40 minutes, medical personnel regained Daniels' pulse and transported her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead the next day. 

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An internal investigation revealed that a deputy conducted two incomplete rounds on the 4th floor where Daniels was housed. Sheriff Todd Baxter says there are procedures in place to notify deputies when rounds are incomplete. In Daniels' case, the sheriff says two electronic indicators did activate, alerting deputies to the incomplete rounds, however, follow-up protocols were not followed.

As a result of the internal investigation, Baxter says he sustained departmental charges and imposed significant discipline, including demotion. Practices and procedures have been reinforced, tested, and communicated to the entire jail staff.

Sheriff Baxter and Undersheriff Korey Brown met with the family of Daniels twice; once following Daniels’ death and again Wednesday to share the results of the internal investigation. 

A New York State Commission of Corrections investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Baxter released the following statement regarding Daniels' death and the investigation:

“Sitarah Daniels is someone’s daughter, friend, loved one. I extend my sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Daniels, especially Sitarah’s mother. As the Sheriff of Monroe County, I am saddened anytime anyone dies while in the care and custody of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. No incident of this nature is taken lightly. As a result of this tragedy inside our walls, a complete and thorough internal investigation was conducted, as well as an ongoing investigation by the New York State Commission of Corrections. The results of the MCSO Internal Affairs investigation prompted me to sustain departmental charges, impose serious disciplinary measures, take corrective actions, and change policy and procedures where necessary, to ensure we provide the utmost professional care to all of those housed inside our facilities.”


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