TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The latest news on the death of a Florida woman after being forcibly removed from a hospital by police. All times eastern standard time:
An autopsy shows a Florida woman who collapsed after police arrested her for refusing to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her died from a blood clot in her lung.
Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory said in a statement Wednesday that the medical examiner's office in Panama City found that 57-year-old Barbara Dawson died from blood clots due to being excessively overweight.
Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went for treatment for breathing difficulties. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing when she refused to leave.
The Tallahassee law firm Parks and Crump is representing the family. Daryl Parks said Tuesday he plans to file a lawsuit against the hospital, police department or both.
Autopsy results are expected to be released in the death of a woman who refused to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her and collapsed when police arrested and forcibly removed her.
Blountstown police Chief Mark Mallory says 57-year-old Barbara Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she sought treatment for breathing trouble. Mallory says an officer arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Mallory says he expects autopsy results to be released Wednesday. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Steve Arthur says the department has been called in to investigate.
Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks is representing Dawson's family. He says doctors thought Dawson was stable and should be released but that she felt as if she still had breathing issues and wanted to stay.