Family Gets $860K After Prison Guards Bet On Woman’s Suicide
Blavity reports that Edmond passed away in 2015 after she used her bra to hang herself in a shower at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility.
Edmond had previously asked for a suicide prevention vest, but she was ignored. Following her death, security footage shows one guard identified as Diana Callahan, say “somebody owes me lunch!”
Edmond who was just 25, had a history of mental illness and suicidal thoughts. The guards in charge has allegedly made bets on her life and when she was most likely going to commit suicide. They also ignored her choking noises.
Following her death, the corrections department broke protocol by not informing Michigan State Police of the passing. Since then, Callahan received six months in jail and two years of probation for involuntary manslaughter. Others involved were fired or forces to resign.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland handed down the decision on Tuesday. The money will be split between Edmond’s brothers.