Prison Allergy Death Sparks Investigation
For Rose Saffioti, a registered nurse, the news was devastating. After dropping her son at the police station, she called to make sure he was OK, and was reassured that he had been transferred to the prison with his medication and everything was fine. The next morning the hospital called to say her son was dead. “There was a point where he knew he wasn’t going to get help in time,” she says. “He knew he was going to die. That’s the worst part for me.”
Rose, who runs a bistro in Mukilteo, Washington, is determined to make sure the same thing won’t happen again, and she is demanding that criminal negligence charges be laid.
Shari Ireton, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s director of communications, could not comment on case specifics, but confirmed that, in theory, criminal charges could be laid depending on the outcome of the sheriff’s office investigation. Its findings are expected near the end of 2012.
Ireton confirmed that the corrections facility has a medical ward, but she did not know whether Saffioti was housed there. “Believe me, we want to know the answers as well,” she said. “We will definitely be releasing the information to the public.”
As for Rose Saffioti, she is determined to see the matter go to court. “I know my son tried to get help for at least 20 minutes, until he couldn’t talk any more,” she says. “I’m not going to let that go.”
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