Sheriff releases info on New Year's Day jail death

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has released new evidence in the New Year's Day death of a jail inmate, including an investigative report and video footage recorded by the jail's surveillance cameras.
Emil Whitis
Jan 30, 2012

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has released new evidence in the New Year's Day death of a jail inmate, including an investigative report and video footage recorded by the jail's surveillance cameras.

The cameras recorded the activities of corrections officers in the hours leading up to the death of Margaret Stallard, 50, of Sandusky.

Stallard was pronounced dead in her jail cell at about 9 a.m. Jan. 1, five hours after she was admitted to the facility.

Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons maintains jailers did everything they could for Stallard, and he says none of his employees were negligent in her death.

Stallard's friend disagrees.

Perkins police arrested Stallard at about 3:20 a.m. on New Year's Day while responding to a call about a vehicle break-in on Kevin Drive.

An officer found her in a parked truck and arrested her for disorderly conduct intoxicated.

The officer's report said Stallard was "highly intoxicated" and she needed help getting into the police cruiser.

The officer took her to the jail at about 4 a.m.

Lisa Clem, Stallard's friend, said it was obvious Stallard was intoxicated.

Police or jail staff should have taken her to the hospital rather than placing her in a jail cell, Clem said.

"She couldn't hardly walk," Clem said. "She didn't even know who she was.

"I mean, come on, take the lady to the hospital."

 

Booked

The Erie County jail's policy outlines clear circumstances where a prospective inmate would be turned away on the basis of health issues.

If a person is unconscious or showing signs of illness or injury, they have to get prompt medical attention before they're admitted into the jail.

The jail's booking officer evaluates the arrested person to see if he or she is:

* conscious;

* experiencing severe physical disorders;

* displaying signs of severe mental disorder;

* contemplating suicide;

* requesting medical attention.

If the person fits any of these criteria, a shift supervisor makes a final determination. If the potential inmate is unconscious, the jail refuses custody until the arresting officer gets the person medical treatment.

In other instances, the shift supervisor can sometimes accept the inmate, but the medical condition must be documented.

Surveillance video shows Stallard was wobbly and walking slowly during the admissions process, but she was conscious.

"I immediately noticed that inmate Stallard was very unsteady on her feet and appeared to be half asleep," an Erie County jail corrections officer wrote in a report. "Inmate Stallard's speech was very slurred and hard to understand."

According to the report, Stallard said she was not suicidal and she never asked for medical attention.

Inside her purse, meanwhile, jail staff found two prescription pill bottles -- one containing 32 Xanax pills, the other holding five Elavil pills.

Staff bagged the pills and left them for the jail nurse, who was scheduled to arrive later that morning.

 

Prescription problems

When jail nurse Linda Scroggy got to work at about 6:50 a.m., she found Stallard's pill bottles in her work mailbox.

The jail's policy requires corrections officers to place an inmate's medication in the nurse's medical box. The nurse then records and verifies the particulars on the medication.

The label on Stallard's Xanax prescription bottle showed it was filled a day prior to her arrest.

The prescription was for 120 pills.

When Scroggy checked the bottle, it only contained 32 pills, according to a report she wrote.

She then began to issue morning medications to inmates.

"As I was passing morning medications in the female area (corrections officer) Worley had made a comment that (Stallard) was snoring very loudly," Scroggy's report stated. "After counting the pills I requested ... Worley to accompany me so that I could find out where the rest of the pills were."

When Scroggy and Worley entered Stallard's cell at about 8:45 a.m., the inmate was unresponsive and her lips were blue.

The nurse and the guard immediately tried to resuscitate her, and Stallard vomited at one point.

Perkins paramedics arrived within minutes and tried to help, but Stallard was pronounced dead in her cell.

 

Jail checks

The jail's policy requires staff to check each inmate's presence and movement at least once an hour.

After Stallard was admitted at about 4 a.m., corrections officers placed her in a cell with another woman, a jail report said.

When staff checked on her minutes later, Stallard was trying to wake up her cell mate. So they decided to move her to a solitary cell, the report said.

Video footage shows guards checking on Stallard 14 times with regularity in less than five hours, with one exception.

The footage shows that from 5:38 a.m. to 7:08 a.m. -- exactly an hour and a half -- no one checked in on Stallard.

In the final three checks, video footage would appear to indicate jail employees did not stop to look through the glass on Stallard's cell door.

In one of those instances, an employee relied on Stallard's loud snoring as proof she was OK.

Those three checks included:

* 7:50 a.m. -- Video footage shows corrections officer Sarah Worley pushing a towel rack past Stallard's cell. It's the last time jailers report hearing her snoring.

* 8:15 a.m. -- Nurse Linda Scroggy walks past Stallard's cell while pushing a pill cart.

* 8:45 a.m. -- Worley and Scroggy are seen entering the cell, finding Stallard unresponsive.

 

Autopsy

As of Thursday, the investigation into Stallard's death is still open. A coroner has not determined the cause of death.

After Stallard was declared dead, Erie County Corner Brian Baxter ordered her body shipped to the Lucas County coroner for an autopsy.

Investigators are still awaiting toxicology results, although preliminary findings don't show anything serious, Baxter said.

The Lucas County coroner did find several slight abnormalities during the autopsy, but nothing inconsistent with Stallard's age, Baxter said.

"She had an enlarged heart and some clotting," Baxter said. "There was nothing that she would have died from."

Baxter said the pending toxicology results will lead to a firm conclusion about what killed Stallard.

Clem believes her friend's death might have been avoided if she'd been taken to a hospital.

No jail employees have been disciplined in the wake of Stallard's death.

"Now, why would I do that?" Lyons said. "I'll stand by the fact that we did everything that should have been done with the information we had at the time."

Comments

grandmasgirl

While I am sorry that this woman died, It is clear to me that Ms. Stallard's death is the result of her lifestyle. If the staff at the jail took every drunk to the hospital to be evaluated, the jail would cost taxpayers even more than it does now. While I understand that some innocent victims are in jail, the majority have done something to be placed there. People have to know that the choices they make in their life have consequences.

lovepink

. to some of the commets i saw i did agree witth

ReallyGood

While I agree with grandmasgirl, I find myself a little uneasy and disappointed to see the blonde sheriff walking away from her cell waving her hand with complete disregard as well as smiling and laughing while walking away.

mikel

if lisa clem was truly her friend she would have stopped stallard from becoming so drunk that she was polluted.

to the stallard family, we are saddened by her loss.

gene44870

Look People I blame the county for her death , when they said that they found two scripts on her ,

There is my eyes are showing red flags when they found them . they could have read the lable and seen

even without counting them that there wssnt as many in that bottle ,

I mean comeon , its sayed 120 pills and showed the date the script was filled , and they should have no admitted her

Everyone take a good hard look and also use your addition that you all were taught in the 2nd grade

SitandSpin

Gene smoke another one....Seriously, it is totally the counties fault that this lady had pills, took too many pills, drank herslef to oblivion ?!?!  Hell, blame the Doctor that wrote the prescription for so many pills while your at it....It comes down to ACCOUNTABILITY.....If everyone was accountable for themselves this world would be a much better place.  It's always someone elses fault in todays day and age, dumba$$'$  

ladydye_5

I do not understand why everyone thinks the sheriff/deputies need to be MEDCIAL doctors too.  How are they to know who took pills, who is drunk, etc.  If they took every drunk to the hospital the hospital would be overrun too.  Crazy.  Put blame where it is due.  She took the pills, she drank the booze.  end of story.  what would the family/friends be crying about if this woman had drove a car and KILLED others?  what if she made it home and died at there?  I am sorry this woman died, it is a tragic story, but I do not see how blaming the sheriff makes it right. 

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Mime Bloggling

Loud snoring can also mean she was at the end stages of death. If she was mixing alcohol and Xanax, both central nervous system depressants, then this was an accidental death by overdose waiting to happen. I doubt very much that this type of loud snoring meant she was getting a restful night's sleep but rather the body's signal that it was shutting down. Perhaps more medical education is needed by the staff. Red flags would have gone up if I had seen a supremely intoxicated person with a purse full of Xanax. A sad end to a life.

ReallyGood

Gene, I don't think it's fair to blame the county. The doctors are to blame. Docs all over are prescribing pills to just anyone. It takes a simple urine tox screen to see if the patients are actually using the pills prescribed or selling them on the streets. So that leads me to my point of how did law enforcement know she hadn't sold the pills?? Why would they just assume she ingested all of them. They were completely within protocal to take her into custody and continuously check on her. It's not the county at fault, it's these docs that will write a script to any joe schmoe that walks into the office without taking the proper measures to see if they are even taking them or selling them.

However...she lived her own life and was responsible for her actions. That is what it comes down to. She lived a toxic life...what other ending do you really think would of come out that lifestyle?

mikel

a lot of people snore very loudly and it doesn't mean that they are dying.  maybe you should get some medical education.

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Mime Bloggling

I didn't say all people who snore very loudly are dying....read it more carefully.

Katelih-Trailer...

 I think I die all the time..cause I wake myself up from snoring so loudly..lol

gene44870

Hey sitandspin

Did you evver hear of mental illness ? I guess not ,

The fact of the matter is yes it is the dept that arrested her and once they did that , they asumed

responsiableity to ensure her well being , just cause someone has taken pills and drank dont mean that

you should help her to kill herself , after all , are the law enforcement there to help protect and serve ?

You have your way of thinking and I have mine ,I believe they should be help accountable for this death

And yes it could have been prevented if they would have done a more intense check on her and what I mean by that is they should could have cchecked the manner in which she arrived and then when they seen that she had two script on her , it would have taken that long to see how many and the date the script was filled and how many was in the bottle and they would have seen that they needed to get her medical treatmnt .None of the correction officers are trained like a Doctor , So that means they over step on this one

JohnDorian12

Where is theguy who posts all the arrests with Sandusky Muni Court???  Margaret Stallard died because she drank too much and took too many pills, it is HER fault she died and now the family is just looking for a quick pay day.  Well I hope the Sheriff sticks by his people on this and doesnt settle....as for the comment about he blonde deputy waving her hand...really??  What does that have to do with this story???  Have you ever seen a reall drunk person, sometimes they are VERY funny and i guessing this officers sees them all...so we are going to degrade her for laughing at something anyone of us would have too?? Hypocrit!!!  Im sure she wasnt laughing because she knew she was going to die....you people who come on here and become all "Holyier than thou" are ridiculous....

JohnDorian12

and Lisa Clem???? really??? Look up her record as well!!

 

tk

I watched the video and did not see anything wrong with what the deputies did.  Remember she was arrested in the early hours of New Years Day.  I'm pretty sure the deputies have seen their share of drunks who have been out on New Years Eve.  They most likely treated her the same as they did anyone else under the circumstances.  Stick to your guns Sheriff Lyons.  Stand by your men and women at the department.

Julie R.

Somebody asked where the guy is that posts all the Sandusky Muni records.................

Now why would anybody even WANT to post the record of this woman?  Let her RIP. Bad enough she had to die in a jail cell.

wiredmama222

It appears that the nurse did all she could to revive her...they took in an AED and resusi kit, but it wasn't enough. Then they called the squad.  It also sounds as if she was half dead by the time they got to her.  Had she already taken the overdose of pills?  I would like to see the tox screen on this before passing judgement. 

Perhaps they should have taken her to the hospital, but from what I could tell of her walking into that cell, she didn't display anything more than intoxication at the time. The police couldn't have known that she may have taken anything if they didn't search her purse and it sound like they didn't. 

I don't see how the family can blame them now, unless  searching the purse is mandatory when arresting someone.  Prescriptions aren't suspicious if they are in the name of that person, so they couldn't have been suspicious of the pills. 

Its sad that she died but given what I see here, I dont think the cops did anything wrong. 

MYthoughtsexactly

I agree it is sad that her life has ended... but really people?  How about we stop blaming everyone else for the choices we make in life.  SHE chose to drink, SHE chose to take pills, SHE chose to act like an idiot and end up in jail.  We are all responsible for our own actions.  My questions is this:  if she had not been picked up and drove somewhere and killed someone, whose fault would it be then?  If she had made it home and died in her home, whose fault would it be then?  We can't keep passing the buck.  Grow up people.

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MYthoughtsexactly

Wow!  Awesome citizen. We should be proud

lugnut2511

 Seems like no ones taking the blame for her death. The sherriffs seem to be putting some of the blame on Perkins, but yet have also failed to check on her or to count her pills when it was clearly a controlled substance. Best get the lawyers ready for this one..

Unassumer

I would hope that she did not take 88 pills but probably did die from a mixture of pills and alcohol and that would not be law enforcement's fault nor did her actions constitute a trip to a hospital in lieu of or before being placed in jail.

DriaDria26

People have problems with addiction and other things. They should have taken her directly to the hospital, none of you even know this women nor do you know her family to say anything about getting paid. There is video showing disregard to her state and that is that. This women is dead and she possibly could have been alright had she been trasported to a hospital instead of the jail. My thoughts and prayers are with her family members

Whyallthefuss

It's about time that people take responsibility for their own actions. If you play by the sword, you'll die by the sword. Sorry for what her family and friends are going thru now, but her death was the result of her own actions.

grandmasgirl

@DriaDria26:      I am sorry that you have lost a loved one. However, I cannot see how you can blame anyone but Ms. Stallard. It seems that she had a serious drinking problem. Does that make her a bad person? Of course not, but it does make the fact that she died drunk in jail her fault. I agree with "Mythoughtsexactly".  If she hadn't have gone to jail, she might just as easily died on the street, or in her own bed.

DriaDria26

@ granmasgirl. She was not a family member but I know her entire family and I am not putting the blame on anyone. Yes she was drunk, yes she had pills but under no currcumstance if a person is in that state that the reports from c.o's are showing she should have been taken to the hospital. Just because a person drank one night and drank too much does not make them a reoccuring drunk. I guess you must be perfect and have never been in any trouble right? So everyone else out here that has made a bad decission will be this way the rest of their life. People make mistakes and some people never do change but I am tired of comming on her listening to what some people say when they really do not know the facts. Pulling up their court records is what everyone goes by and it is stupid.

The reason why they put the video up here is for one reason only; they felt as though they had to cover their asses. They had representation come in and make sure they were not going to get their asses handed to them. All I am saying is that people need to show more respect for things and not just belittle people and say they deserved what they got. She was a wonderful woman, mother, aunt, and sister that jsut somewhere at sometime made bad choices; she does not deserve people saying the things they are saying on here

grinenbareit

I'm on the fence with this one.  While I understand that anyone who mixes any kind of drug with alcohol is subject to consequences, wouldn't the arresting agency look for that?  The original article states that L.E. was familiar with Ms. Stallard.  Wouldn't you look for signs of possible drug use along with intoxication?  I know it was New Years, however when they checked her into the jail and found meds in her purse, wouldn't they question if she may have taken those meds along with the alcohol? 

Rude McGootch

It all the sheriff's fault dontcha know! It couldn't be Stallard's daughter's fault who partied with her all night and then got tired of her drug and booze induced behavior. So what did daughter do? Take her to the hospital for treatment? Noooo. Then she must have taken her to her house and watched her until she sobered up? Nooooo. Well then surely she must have taken her to Stallard's own home, taken her inside, and then kept an eye on her all night? Noooo. IMHO, her "loving" daughter drove to Stallard's house, dumped her off in the front yard, and then drove away. Problem with drunk mother on News Years solved! If all of the people feigning outrage over this really cared about Margaret Stallard, she would be alive today. They could not care less for the life of Stallard when she was alive, but now that she's dead they are looking for a payday on our taxpayer dollar!

Katelih-Trailer...

 All I know is, MY doctor will NOT give me any type of "feel good pills"..No uppers..No downers..No painkillers..NOTHING ! That's it...He is FIRED. lol

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