Woman left alone in holding cell for 18 hours sues sheriff's office

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 2:50pm

An Antioch woman is suing the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office claiming she was unintentionally locked in a courthouse holding cell for 18 hours last year.

Angleyn Hendricks, 50, was sentenced to 48 hours in prison on a domestic violence charge in June 2011. A sheriff’s deputy locked her in a small holding cell meant for attorney-client discussions, but no one came to transfer her to a prison cell.

The lawsuit reads, “The room had no windows, only one entrance, and was furnished with only a small countertop and a metal chair.”

According to the lawsuit, Hendricks is diabetic and had no insulin inside the room. The suit continues, “Plaintiff cried throughout the evening, slept very little, sang gospel songs to herself, and prayed for help.”

A sheriff’s deputy found her at around 10:30 a.m. the next day. She was transported to an infirmary where she was treated with insulin. A judge declared she had fulfilled her sentence and let her go.

Hendricks is suing for false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit asks for $250,000 in damages.

A DCSO spokesman told The Tennessean that the sheriff’s office had “messed up” and had revised its policy to include double-checking the holding cells.

Nashville’s legal department doesn’t comment on ongoing cases.

8 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 6/5/12 at 4:46

Well, you shouldn't have been in jail in the first place. Next case.

By: yogiman on 6/5/12 at 5:03

What was her "domestic violence" that deserved a 48 hour imprisonment? So why did they put her in a holding cell instead of a cell?

By: Ask01 on 6/6/12 at 5:28

If I'm on the jury, this will be very expensive for Davidson County and the individual deputies involved.

Just because a person is incarcerated does not mean they can be mistreated. It is high time we hold those employable only as modern day slavers responsible for the way they treat those entrusted to their care.

By: dargent7 on 6/6/12 at 5:39

She'll receive an out of court settlement.
How could these nit-wits forget they had a prisoner?

By: govskeptic on 6/6/12 at 7:16

We have a good Sheriff, but with the beating death at General Hospital and
now this, things must be slipping in the Deputy ranks Sheriff Hall! Review
of personalities and past infractions may require some replacements!

By: Moonglow1 on 6/6/12 at 7:39

Moonglow1: Many problems have recently surfaced at the Davidson County Jail. Either the deputy's are understaffed or incompetent. Shape up or the DOJ will be investigating.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 6/6/12 at 12:37

Not the first diabetic to suffer in Metro jail. I know of one who died while serving a 48 hour weekend bit for a 1st time DUI a couple of years back.

By: Rasputin72 on 6/7/12 at 6:45

This is the only country in the world where criminals think they should be treated with respect. Give the woman $25,000 dollars and a promise that the next time she shows up for a trial that she will get the maximum sentence with "supervision".