Staff disciplined after jailed Florida teen’s death | Miami Herald Miami Herald
For more than a decade, Florida juvenile justice administrators have been on notice: Children are not supposed to die in state custody for lack of the same medical care that non-delinquent kids readily receive.
But there was Andre Sheffield — Berlena Sheffield’s grandson, the one she adopted and raised as her own child — in the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center’s East Module, complaining of a headache and stomach pain, soiling himself, limping, walking strangely sideways and falling over, as if he had no control over his 14-year-old body.
Registered nurse Karen Rainford gave him Tylenol. He died hours later.
The linked Miami Herald article about Andre Sheffield’s in-custody medical negligence death started off strong; I was especially grateful for mention of the in-custody deaths of Florida children whose names the public is too quickly forgetting … Omar Paisley, Martin Lee Anderson, Eric Perez.
It seemed a foundation was being constructed, one that would focus on Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center’s history.
But the reporter blew up her foundation in her closing by using an expert to suggest that “compassion fatigue” may account for Brevard letting Andre Sheffield die ever so slowly and ever so painfully, and in the end, ever so alone.
Compassion fatigue isn’t common among thugs, and Brevard public service has been thugged up for decades … with feds playing along.
Anyone who has dealt with Brevard’s thugs won’t be at all surprised at the kid gloves again being put on to administratively address those who let Andre Sheffield die slowly, painfully and alone:
Discipline meted out to six staff members late last week was mild compared to similar incidents in the past: The lockup’s superintendent, Vicki Alves, was suspended for five days for “poor performance” and “negligence.” Her deputy received a written reprimand for poor performance. Three guards who were faulted for ignoring sick-call procedure or failing to seek medical care for a sick detainee were given written reprimands, as well.
Only the nurse was fired.
Brevard frames innocents, scores of them. Brevard maliciously prosecutes nearly everyone, including youths. Brevard uses excessive force. Brevard spies on peace activists. Brevard has bloody, oft-told tales that just don’t add up after you do a little digging, and/or an involved party contacts you. Brevard public servants self-promote and promote their cronies magnanimously, and what sounds too good to be true indeed isn’t true, but fortunately provides a basic understanding of the string-pulling between the three branches of Brevard government.
An in depth book about Brevard string-pulling is available from Amazon.com, Brevard Good Ole Boys. It was written in 1992, before the serial nature of Brevard frame-ups became known, and before social media made tripping over additional corruption an inevitability.
According to WESH, the fired nurse and the wrist-slapped/retained employees that ignored Andre Sheffield’s distress put every other in-custody juvenile in very real danger – along with themselves:
“Meningococcal disease is a very serious infection of the blood or membranes around the brain (meningitis). The disease is contagious and most common in infants, adolescents and young adults,” a statement from the Health Department said.
“We are working closely with officials at the Brevard Juvenile Detention Center to determine all close contacts of this child and provide preventive medication to those who may be impacted,” Health Department Director Dr. Heidar Heshmati said.
Brevard’s framed innocents try their best to keep their sense of humor, so do their families. The suggestion of there being “compassion fatigue” amongst Brevard public servants would have been the laugh of century for them, if a 14-year-old boy hadn’t died so horrifically, and if every other young inmate in the juvenile facility hadn’t been put of risk of dying, too.