Autopsy Shows Osceola Teen Who Died in Lock-Up Could Have Been Saved

OCTOBER 26, 2005 - Posted at 8:13 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Autopsy results confirm that a teenager who died while in an Arkansas juvenile detention center suffered from blood clots in her lungs that existed possibly as long as two weeks before she died.

Seventeen-year-old LaKeisha Brown of Osceola, died April 9 at the Alexander Youth Services Center.  An internal investigation by the state suggested that medical personnel and others at the center may not have responded properly to the girl's repeated complaints about her health condition.

The girl's mother, Juana Michelle Brown, released the autopsy to the public.

Medical records for the teenager show nurses and some facility managers believed she was faking sickness for attention at the time of her death.

The teenager was held at Alexander for two years after she was adjudicated delinquent for rape and drug charges.

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