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Kentucky inmate: Kentucky inmate starved to death over medical negligence

Kentucky inmate starved to death. Medical negligence to blame?
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A Kentucky inmate at the state's penitentiary died from starvation and an investigation is looking into how it could have been prevented. A doctor and at least two other prison officials were fired over the death of James Kenneth Embry, 57. He had three years left of a nine-year sentence for drug offenses.

RT reports that April 22 that medical attention could have saved Embry's life. The Kentucky inmate had suicidal thoughts and began acting irrationally last December. He also refused his meals and started slamming his head against his cell door. The six-feet tall inmate died weighing 138 pounds, 30 pounds less than he was before.

An internal investigation at Kentucky State Penitentiary learned that better medical services would have helped Embry in the way that doctors should have given him the medication he needed to avoid suicidal thoughts and behaviors. He wasn't checked on or assisted in any way, according to the evidence.

The Kentucky inmate told a prison psychologist that he felt anxious and paranoid. Psychologist Jean Hinkebein decided Embry's comments weren't enough to show he had any mental issues. His request for medication was denied. When he was being monitored during his hunger strike, he was taken off of it only because was drinking tea.

Hinkebein is on administrative leave pending dismissal and a third individual from the medical team has been released as well. This case could be a big one exploiting the medical negligence over the Kentucky inmate who's death could have been easily prevented.

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