Family questions medical care in Pemiscot Co. jail after 33 year old dies

Family looking for answers after arrested man dies
Published: Aug. 18, 2015 at 9:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2015 at 10:08 PM CDT
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CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Michael Robinson, 33, of Hayti, died early on Sunday, hours after being taken by ambulance from the Pemiscot County Jail.

Now, Robinson's family questions whether he received the medical treatment he needed behind bars.

Robinson's sister and fiancee say Kennett police arrested him early on Friday morning, August 14 on a warrant for back child support.

They say officers transferred Robinson from Kennett to Caruthersville on Friday afternoon.

Robinson is a severe diabetic, they say, and would have needed an insulin shot at least twice a day.

While they are not sure when he had his last injection before being arrested, Robinson's family questions if Pemiscot County jailers provided him with proper medical care.

The family said Robinson was taken to the hospital in Hayti late on Saturday night, then eventually transferred to a hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Robinson was pronounced dead in Cape Girardeau early on Sunday evening.

Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said he's asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate Robinson's time in his jail, and what kind of treatment he received.

Greenwell said he hopes to have the results of that investigation soon to share with the family.

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