Palm Beach County jail inmate is pronounced dead at Wellington Hospital

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A 55-year-old Palm Beach County Jail inmate died on Friday following a seizure suffered while in custody, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

Linda Cafarelli, of Lake Worth, had been in jail since Aug. 11 for violating probation on a battery charge, according to the jail's booking records.

Records also show Cafarelli was "released" from the jail at 4 a.m. and was listed as "deceased."

She was taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center, "where she later passed away," Barbera said.

"No foul play is suspected," she said.

The Cafarelli family disputes that and claims the jail is responsible.

Christine Cafarelli said Sheriff's Office deputies came to her door on Friday and informed the family of her sister's death, but any attempt to get more information from the jail, the hospital and the Medical Examiner's office was futile.

"There's something very wrong with this picture," Christine Cafarelli said. "It's the epitome of wrong."

Christine Cafarelli said her sister had several health problems that required up to 10 prescription medications. She is certain Linda Cafarelli did not get them during her eight days in jail and that is what contributed to the seizures and death.

"You can't stop the [medications] cold turkey," she said.

Linda Cafarelli had been in jail before, but on two occasions she was released because of her seizures and once was rushed to the hospital during a seizure, according to Christine Cafarelli.

"She only had seizures when she was in [jail]," Christine Cafarelli said. "She was usually home within a day or two after having seizures, but this was her eighth day [in jail] and now she's dead."

The Cafarelli family has retained an attorney.

"All I know is that this is a wrongful death," Christine Cafarelli said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, Barbera said.

 


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