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Jail nurse charged with homicide in death of 21 year old who pleaded for help in final days

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Madison Jensen, 21, died in from dehydration the Utah County Jail on Dec. 1, 2016.

On Tuesday, our affiliate KUTV reported the Utah Attorney General’s Office charged 50-year-old Jana Clyde with one count of negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor for Jensen’s death.

In the days before her death, Jensen begged the jail staff for help. She told the nurse she had been vomiting for four days straight and had had diarrhea. She needed help.

In one of her medical requests, she said she couldn't "hold anything down, Not even water."

The Duchesne County jail is a narcotics-free facility. Which is why they couldn't give Jensen the pain and anxiety medications she needed.

Opiate withdrawal recovery experts who studied Jensen's case told the Salt Lake City Tribune that she was going through opioid withdrawal syndrome and antidepressant withdrawal. Noting that the final days of the young girls' life would have been extremely painful.

On Nov. 27, 2016, Jensen's father said his daughter was showing suicidal behavior. It was a Sunday and none of the mental health care facilities in driving distance could check her in until the next morning. So he called the County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy showed up and her father explained she had used heroin days earlier and she also was on medication for seizures.

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Madison’s father agreed it was best to take her to jail, where she could be watched. The deputy said she could get the court to order her to a facility that could help her.

Jensen was vomiting and appeared to be very ill when the administrating nurse first took her blood pressure and approved the medications her family had sent with her.

Her father says he was assured that his daughter would be in a room with a glass window where she could be monitored and could get medical attention.

Madison was a farm girl through and through. She took great pride in the cattle herd she built with her father. She could outwork anyone, and was often found riding her horse. She was an avid history buff, and enjoyed going on long drives with her sisters. Her family was her greatest love and together they went on many fishing trips into the High Uintahs. She had a knack for making everyone laugh, and liked to listen to, dance to, and sing to any music. Madison was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
Madison Jensen's Obituary

Instead she was placed in general population.

“Despite being very ill, with both vomiting and diarrhea, defendant took no action to address this condition, and the victim was placed back into the general population of the jail."

The documents also state a jail deputy told Clyde that Madison did not look well and couldn’t get out of her bed but Clyde made no attempts to check on Madison.

Jared said he thought sending his daughter to jail would lead to the help she needed.

“It turned out to be her grave ... She went in alive, came out in a body bag for the lack of an IV fluid,” he said.

Jared said even if his daughter was a habitual heroin addict, the jail had a responsibility to care for her while she was in its custody.

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“We trusted our county officials to do the right thing,” he said.

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