Nurse tries to perform exorcism on inmate having seizure at jail, dies the next day
A county jail nurse in Oklahoma is facing possible criminal charges after witnesses allege she performed an exorcism on an inmate who was having a seizure.
Jail employees said the nurse, Linda Herlong Jackson, 67, is no longer working with the Oklahoma County Jail after the inmate, 32-year-old Amanda Freeman, died one day after the Feb. 10 incident.
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The nurse was initially called in to help Freeman, but only delayed medical treatment for the combative inmate, who officials said was having a seizure. She declared, "I revoke your demons," while Freeman "kept moving around," The Oklahoman reported.
A jail guard told the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that the nurse attempted to exercise Freeman, who Jackson later described as having supernatural strength.
According to the autopsy report, the inmate later died from an acute coronary event due to methamphetamine use prior to her arrest three days earlier.
In late October, the Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor told the jail’s medical provider, Armor Correctional Health Services, that Jackson, their former employee of six years, is banned from the jail.
“It’s our position that because of this incident she cannot work in this facility,” the sheriff said, according to the local outlet.
“Her job is to provide medical care. Doing what she was doing was not providing medical care.”
It is unclear whether or not Jackson will end up facing charges.
However, a sheriff's investigator is scheduled to meet with District Attorney David Prater, who will determine if a criminal charge is warranted.