$200K settlement approved in Texarkana inmate death
Dec. 19, 2017
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A judge has approved a $200,000 settlement in the case of a severely diabetic woman who died in a Texarkana jail last year.
Miller County Circuit Judge Carlton Jones granted approval Monday for Little Rock lawyer Matthew Campbell to settle the case against LaSalle Corrections in the July 2016 death of Morgan Angerbauer. LaSalle Corrections manages the Bi-State Justice Building jail in Texarkana, the Texarkana Gazette reported .
Court records said Angerbauer, 20, died of ketoacidosis after former nurse Brittany Johnson refused to treat her. Ketoacidosis is a condition resulting from severely high blood sugar.
Johnson pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor negligent homicide and is serving three months in the Miller County jail.
Jones approved the settlement despite objections from David Carter, the attorney for Jennifer Houser, Angerbauer's mother. Houser was initially appointed administrator of her daughter's estate, but Campbell filed a motion in May replacing her with Little Rock lawyer Victoria Leigh. The motion said Houser expressed wanting to "no longer be involved in any action on behalf of the estate of Morgan Angerbauer."
Houser said she didn't know she was replaced as administrator until she was asked about it by a third party in June. She said she only learned about the settlement when contacted by news media and was unaware that being replaced as administrator meant she had no input in the matter.
Leigh said the settlement is in the best interest of the estate.
Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com