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A nurse is being charged with wrongful death by a deceased woman’s surviving family. The death occurred in a San Diego Detention Facility in 2019, after the nurse had watched the victim collapse and proceeded to leave her alone for an hour without any medical attention.
Though the death occurred back in November of 2019, according to ABC News, nurse Danalee Pascua is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, as of Thursday. Pascus has been accused of walking away from Elisa Serna, after she collapsed in front of her at the Las Colinas Detention Facility located in the Santee suburb of San Diego. This is according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Pascua could face up to 4 years in prison if she is convicted.
CBS reports that Serna had been moved into the jail’s medical observation unit after she claimed she had been feeling both dizzy and nauseous, only one day before her death. On the day that she died, Serna had passed out in front of the nurse, when Pascua reportedly did not check her vitals. She left Serna alone for a full hour before returning, this time with deputies and with the intentions of beginning to perform what were described as “futile lifesaving measures.”
The San Diego County’s Sheriff Department conducted an internal investigation on the jail, and it also offered its condolences to Elisa Serna’s surviving family, her parents and her six year old daughter. According to Serna’s family attorney, Gene Iredale, this is not an isolated incident, explaining that the conditions of confinement and a lack of adequate care cause deaths over and over again. Iredale’s point of view is backed up by claims made by Summer Stephan, a San Diego County District Attorney. Stephan states that there is indeed criminal negligence in the evidence.
The Attorney’s Office says that the investigation is ongoing and that other parties may be involved. The office also described that death may have been caused by a combination of drug abuse complications and an early intrauterine pregnancy.
The Serna family had filed the wrongful death lawsuit last year, claiming that the jail staff had to have been aware of Elisa Serna’s substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms and simply didn’t provide the proper treatment. They cited the ignorance of obvious signs, including low blood pressure, fainting, regularly vomiting, and behaving strangely.
Danalee Pascua is presently scheduled to be arraigned on November 18th.