Woman Dies In Jail, Family Sent $1000
A Yancey County mother says she was sent a $1000 check last week after her daughter died in a mountain jail in 2010.
Christina Ledford died three days after being taken into custody at the McDowell County jail for a failure to appear in court.
While in jail Ledford was admitted to the hospital twice with drug withdrawal symptoms. Roughly five hours after she was released to deputies for the second time, she died.
Jail documents reveal she was unattended in her cell for at least 20 minutes before she died.
The 34-year-old's mother, Wanda Cooper, has now filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Dudley Greene, suing for funeral and burial expenses she said that add up to at least $10,000.
But last week Cooper says she received a check for $1000 from the Sheriff's Department's insurance company as a settlement offer.
Greene said Tuesday the money was meant to compensate the family and also an attempt to settle out of court to avoid the department incurring further legal fees.
Cooper says the check amount is embarrassing and calls it an insult.
In speaking to the media, Cooper forfeited the check Tuesday and her attorney was contacted and told to return the check and paperwork to McDowell officials immediately.