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Mother claims Allegheny County, Corizon caused daughter's death

| Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:39 p.m.

Allegheny County and its former jail medical provider, Corizon Health Inc., caused the death of a Dormont woman by administering her Haldol while she was being held in the county jail, the woman's mother claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Jacqulyn Wehrli, 31, died in December 2014 as a result of being administered the antipsychotic drug in May 2014, her mother Cathy Wehrli of Dormont says in the civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit. The jail had her medical records, showing that she had been diagnosed as suffering from neuroleptic malignant syndrome, but still gave her a drug known to trigger the syndrome, the lawsuit says.

While the staff documented an increasing number of symptoms over six days showing she was reacting poorly to the drug, it did nothing until she became catatonic and was transferred to UPMC Mercy, the lawsuit says. An autopsy determined that Haldol caused her death, the lawsuit says.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs and Corizon spokeswoman Martha Harbin declined comment.

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