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Case dismissed against jail nurse charged after inmate death

February 16, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge has tossed out a negligent homicide charge filed against an eastern Utah jail nurse in the death of a 21-year-old inmate.

Judge Lyle Anderson decided Thursday there was not enough evidence showing 50-year-old Jana Clyde seriously deviated from her duties. She was accused not doing enough to help inmate Madison Jensen, who died of dehydration days after reporting feeling sick at the Duchesne County jail.

The nurse’s lawyer, Brad Schmidt, said dismissing the case was the right thing to do.

The inmate’s father Jared Jensen said the family was devastated by the ruling. Jensen had been arrested on suspicion of internal possession of heroin and marijuana days before her death on Dec. 1, 2016.

Jensen’s family also filed a civil suit against the county.

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