The family is raising concerns about the lack of immediate communication from Galveston County jailers regarding their loved one’s emergency transport and subsequent death at the hospital.
Brittany Nicole Anderson, aged 32, was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch on Thursday morning, as per the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s office, the mother of five children was discovered alone and unresponsive in a padded cell by jail and medical staff. These staff members promptly administered CPR and were successful in reviving her before urgently transporting her to the hospital.
According to GCSO, Anderson, who had been incarcerated for nine days due to a probation violation, had a confrontation with the jail staff in a secured area the previous afternoon.
Sheriff Henry Trochesset was unsure about the exact date of her scheduled medical examination, but he believed it would likely take place on Wednesday.
Anderson’s family was left devastated and searching for answers in the aftermath of their loved one’s death. Just hours after the tragic event, they spoke to Eyewitness News, grappling with the loss of a cherished family member. The void left behind by their loved one’s passing only intensified their need for answers, as they sought closure in the face of this heartbreaking tragedy.
The family expressed their confusion as to why they were not informed about Anderson’s condition when she still had a pulse upon arriving at the hospital. UTMB, on the other hand, chose to notify her mother after it was too late.
“If you had only reached out as you were supposed to, we could have been there for that,” expressed Jarnae McGaskey, Anderson’s cousin. “You took that away from us. We demand answers for that. Her children are in dire need of answers.”
For the family, the important thing is that, despite her troubled past, which involved a child abandonment charge two years ago, the jail was supposed to be a safe place for her.
“The background of the victim is insignificant. What truly matters is that they were under the care of trained professionals who should have been capable of handling such situations when these individuals were seeking the assistance they required,” expressed Danny Thompson, another cousin. The relatives hold the belief that there is more to the story.
“She remained a sister, a mother, a daughter, a cousin, and a friend. Regardless of her struggles with drugs, illness, or any challenges she faced, her life held significance,” emphasized Jarnae McGaskey, Anderson’s cousin.
Meanwhile, the family of Anderson is requesting video footage from inside the jail.
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