Deputies have been disciplined for failing to follow protocol after the death of an inmate.
Sitarah Daniels was found unresponsive in her cell on September 4 by deputies conducting a routine check of cells. Deputies immediately performed CPR, as did emergency crews that responded. Daniels eventually regained a pulse and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. Sadly, she died the following day.
In a statement Wednesday, Sheriff Todd Baxter says an investigation found there were two incomplete cell check rounds by a deputy on Daniels’ floor that day. The sheriff says the jail has a system to notify deputies when rounds are incomplete, but jail deputies failed to follow-up.
In response, the sheriff says practices and procedures have been “reinforced, tested and communicated to the entire jail staff.”
The sheriff says employees have also been disciplined, including demotion. At the same time, a state investigation into the death is ongoing.
In a statement, Sheriff Baxter said:
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.