Autopsy for girl who died in jail

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:12 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — An autopsy has been ordered on the body of a 17-year-old inmate at the Glynn County detention center who died early Saturday, officials said.

Kara L. Thompson, 17, was found unresponsive in her cell and taken to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital, where she died about 3:45 a.m., Sheriff Wayne V. Bennett said.

There is no evidence of foul play, and the cause of death is unknown, Sheriff Bennett said.

Ms. Thompson had been in jail since May 8 on a charge of entering an auto, he said. Under Georgia law, the charge results when someone is suspected of going into a vehicle with the intent of committing a burglary or other felony.

Chief Magistrate Tim Barton issued the felony warrant based on a complaint by Peggy Cox, Thompson’s grandmother, court records show. The judge set Ms. Thompson’s bail at $2,500.

Sheriff Bennett said he has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the death.

The body was taken to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy, Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden said.

“We may not know anything for a few days,” he said.

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sick of taxes
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sick of taxes 05/19/09 - 11:44 am
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I love you Gramma...Kara

I love you Gramma...Kara

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 05/19/09 - 12:32 pm
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That's sick sick_of_taxes

That's sick sick_of_taxes

3572
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3572 05/19/09 - 12:53 pm
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why was important to tell

why was important to tell about the grandmother calling and all. I mean if the adult thought the child was doing something wrong why wouldnt she call the cops!

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Fiat_Lux 05/19/09 - 01:27 pm
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Still... you can't help but

Still... you can't help but speculate that this grandmother is having some major regrets right about now, no matter what her reasons for calling the police.

taha
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taha 05/19/09 - 01:51 pm
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I'm sure the grandmother IS

I'm sure the grandmother IS having regrets at this point, but why compound that by telling everyone about it? I'm sure she was trying to turn her granddaughters life around in hopes that she wouldn't lead a life filled with crime. This is a terrible shame, and my prayers go out to the family!

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Debster 05/19/09 - 01:53 pm
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I think any grandmother would

I think any grandmother would have regrets in a situation like this. I'm certain that by calling the police on her granddaughter and having her imprisoned was an effort to scare the granddaughter and teach her a lesson. It's very unfortuante that a death has now occured. My thoughts are with this family as they await results to determine the cause of death and deal with the subsequent loss of a 17-year-old. Regardless, I think the grandmother made the right call ... if only other parents and grandparents would stop their children and grandchildren from devious behavior then perhaps we wouldn't have adult thugs on the streets.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/19/09 - 02:07 pm
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There is no way of our

There is no way of our knowing if the grandmother made the 'right call' or not, from the information given. What if the woman has Alzheimer's Disease and thought the girl was a thief when she actually was setting up the vehicle to take granny to the doctor? Maybe she had been designated as a 'runaway' because of trying to get away from an abusive stepfather, and was jailed as a result of granny's complaint. At this point, we really don't know anything about this situation except what the paper reports, and that is precious little. It's just sad, period.

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Richmondctygal 05/19/09 - 02:14 pm
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Lay off the Grandma- she was

Lay off the Grandma- she was probably trying to teach her a lesson...believe me I have a teenager that strays from the path and have been tempted to show some hard love....very unfortunate ending!

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Tat79 05/19/09 - 05:29 pm
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Why blame Grandma? If it was

Why blame Grandma? If it was her time she would have died regardless of whether she was in jail, school or wherever. It is a sad situation, so lets not speculate and just pray for the family!

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corgimom 05/19/09 - 06:38 pm
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"Under Georgia law, the

"Under Georgia law, the charge results when someone is suspected of going into a vehicle with the intent of committing a burglary or other felony. " Somehow, I get the feeling that Kara did wrong things in the past. She was booked as an adult- that doesn't sound like an innocent mistake- and she had been there since May 8th and nobody posted bond to get her out. If Kara's grandmother reads this- nobody can make someone go to jail, they do it to themselves. Kara's actions belonged to her and were her responsibility. I am so sorry for your loss.

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justus4 05/19/09 - 10:08 pm
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Find the race of the victim
Unpublished

Find the race of the victim and information will follow. Sounds suspect and deception maybe a factor. Find the grandma and ask...

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Parental Reformist 05/20/09 - 12:26 am
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Why in the world does it

Why in the world does it always come down to race. For crying out loud. It does not matter!! No matter which angle you come at this from, A 17 YR OLD HAS LOST HER LIFE!! Whether she was good or bad, she was A PERSON! This is a sad situation, and my prayers go out to the family. Before we come to any conclusions wait for the GBI to do the investigation.... for all any of us know it could be natural causes. My best friend died at the age of 16 from a heart defect that no one knew about ,so I promise it can happen!! Stop with the accusation and assumptions, and wait for the facts!!

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Fiat_Lux 05/20/09 - 01:23 am
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Justus is a lurker, always

Justus is a lurker, always waiting for an opportunity to insert something awful into any discussion. S/he should be banned for race-baiting, but no, the Chronicle won't do that. The comments policy is a complete joke.

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shewasloved 05/21/09 - 11:29 pm
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I am a family member of Kara

I am a family member of Kara Thompson and would like to thank the people that have been praying for our family .This has been very tragic for our family especially her mother and grandmother .We were trying to help Kara by having her arrested we were hoping this would sink in and it would prevent her from ever doing something like this again we were trying what some of the court officers suggested and we do not blame them in anyway they were also trying to help we had no idea this could happen Kara had started complaining about a medical issue the became visably apparent after a couple of days of being in jail she started having a viual medical issue and asked for help many times we do not know what if anything they did to help her but it resulted in a horrific death for Kara It was not a preexisting medical problem or a sudden onset it was a complication and could have easily been treated and we were told they were helping her but they let her die It was not a routine cell check when they found her thats a lie we have found out many things that occured during this time and it was the worst way to die . The family can't at this point explain but WE WILL.

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shel2u 05/22/09 - 04:47 am
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I can somewhat relate, though

I can somewhat relate, though my outcome was much different. A long, LONG time ago, I was arrested and put in Richmond County jail downtown. At the time, I was very sick and needed to take medicine every 6 hours to maintain a therepeutic state. I begged the officers inside to get my medicine. My mother was on the outside begging the officers to take me my medicine. They let me go 21 hours without it. Fortunately, I was released in time but endured a hospital stay as a result. (BTW, I'm white. Trust me when I say, it had no affect on my treatment.)

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shewasloved 05/27/09 - 09:39 pm
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justusl I STATED the race

justusl I STATED the race white and still no answers so don't think race matters it doesn't it happens to ALL races just not normally 17 year old children .

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