ELKHART — No charges will be filed following the death of Laminika Dockery, 36, of Elkhart, who suffered a medical emergency at the Elkhart County Community Corrections Work Release facility in Goshen on July 31 and died shortly after being transported to Goshen Hospital.
According to Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Becker, staff members at the facility were aware of Dockery complaining of stomach pain shortly after entering the facility on July 25. While she was at the facility she made multiple requests for medical assistance, but since she had tested positive for drugs, staff believed she was suffering from symptoms of drug abuse withdrawal and did not seek medical attention.
A document from the prosecuting attorney's office said Dockery was observed to be slow to respond and weak on the morning of her death. An ambulance was called, but she died despite emergency interventions at the hospital.
An autopsy showed Dockery died from an untreated bacterial infection.
Since the circumstances leading to her death took place while she was in the custody of Elkhart County Community Corrections, a department of county government, the Elkhart County Homicide Unit took responsibility for the investigation, the release from the prosecuting attorney said.
The release said Becker reviewed evidence in the case to see if formal charges under Indiana criminal law might be appropriate. Specifically, according to Becker, reckless homicide was considered.
That charge requires evidence that a specific individual or group of individuals acted with "plain, conscious and unjustifiable disregard of harm that might result [from their actions], and the disregard involves a substantial deviation from acceptable standards of conduct," the release said.
Finding insufficient evidence that any staff member believed that harm or death would be the result of Dockery's complaints, no charges can be filed, according to Becker.