ME rules on cause of jailed pregnant Pauls Valley mother's death
ME: No foul play involved in Jamie Fisher's death
UPDATED 10:35 AM CST Jan 11, 2013
According to the ME, the cause of Jamie Fisher's was a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and the manner of her death was natural. The ME found that there was "no foul play" involved in Fisher's death.
"She enjoyed life," said former neighbor and friend Sherry Kimberlin. "Every day was a new experience for Jamie."
Friends said the 33-year-old, also known as Jamie Russell, went to the Pauls Valley General Hospital on Jan. 3 complaining of severe abdominal pains.
According to the police report filed by a Pauls Valley officer, nurses said Jamie was "not cooperating" and they needed a nearby officer to assist. The officer said staff told Jamie to lay on her back so they could perform tests and Jamie refused, saying it hurt.
The officer said he observed Jamie lift her body to adjust her clothing, out of sight of the medical staff, which Jamie had told nurses she did not have the ability to do moments earlier.
According to the report, since Jamie could not cooperate the staff decided to release her. While helping Jamie gather her things, the officer said he discovered 2 pill bottles in Jamie's possession containing alprazolam and oxycodone that were not prescribed to her.
The officer wrote, "I advised Jamie of the situation but at this time she appeared very loopy."
The officer arrested Jamie on a felony narcotics complaint around the same time a family member arrived at the hospital. According to the report, the family member told police the drugs belonged to an older family member and, "Jamie had probably stolen them."
The officer transported Jamie to the Garvin County jail around 8:30 p.m. where she was booked into a holding area. According to the Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, at around 10:30 p.m. detention deputies noticed Jamie was unresponsive and called for medical attention. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
"Nobody deserves that," said Sherry Kimberlin, "Nobody deserves to die alone like that in a cage."
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and state jail inspectors were notified, as is common with any inmate death.
"My thoughts go out to the family," said Sheriff Larry Rhodes. "If there's anything we could do differently, we would."
A representative for OSBI said their investigation will focus on what happened once Jamie arrived at the county jail. Surveillance video from the jail was turned over to the state, but Rhodes said it shows no warning signs.
"The autopsy is really key to our investigation," said Jessica Brown with OSBI. "It will tell us whether or not this is natural, suspicious or whether or not it's a homicide."
Friends said they will not be satisfied until they learn why Jamie was allowed to leave the hospital.
"I want answers," said Sherry Kimberlin. "I want to know what happened."
A representative for the hospital could not be reached for comment.