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Bailiff Suspended After Woman Left in Courthouse for 4 Days

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A Washington County bailiff is on administrative leave after a woman was left in a temporary holding cell for four days with no food, water or access to a bathroom.

Authorities say 38-year-old Adriana Torres-Flores was arrested in December for illegally pirating CDs at a flea market.  Sheriff Tim Helder says Torres-Flores' bail was revoked when authorities found she was an illegal immigrant.  She was placed in a temporary room at the courthouse awaiting transportation to the jail.

Helder said Torres-Flores wasn't discovered until yesterday morning.  Authorities say Torres-Flores was conscious when she was found at about 9:40 a.m.

County Judge Terry Hunton says the holding room isn't intended for long-term use.  Typically, a bailiff notices the county jail when a person is to be taken from the courthouse to the jail.

Helder says Torres-Flores is in stable condition at Washington County Regional Medical Center on Monday.  The bailiff, Jarrod Hankins, has been placed on leave during an internal investigation.

The sheriff says Hankins is "a broken man right now."

The county judge says he plans to add a camera to the holding cell and install a light that indicates when a person is being kept there.

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