Four Louisiana Cops Indicted In Death Of Nimali Henry
A federal grand jury indicted four St. Bernard Parish Prison employees in the death last year of inmate Nimali Henry. Nimali was found dead in her jail cell after she was unable to raise $25,000 bail and denied medication while locked up.
According to NOLA reports:
The indictment accuses Andre Dominick, Timothy Williams, Debra Becnel and Lisa Vaccarella of failing to provide proper medication and treatment to Henry, who suffered from a rare blood disorder.
All four defendants also are accused of civil rights violations, as well as making false statements to the FBI. They have been placed on indefinite administrative leave, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The accused correctional officers have been named for the first time with the indictment, which came about eight months after the FBI intervened in a civil rights lawsuit against the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.
The civil suit, filed by the father of Henry’s baby daughter on the daughter’s behalf, was put on hold pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
None of the defendants could be reached Thursday evening at publicly listed phone numbers. Court records do not list their attorneys.
Henry was found face down in an isolation cell in April 2014. A coroner’s report found she likely died of a blood clot. In addition to the civil rights charges, the indictment accuses all four defendants of providing false statements to the FBI.