Charges filed in Duchesne jail death

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah)  The Utah Attorney General’s office late Monday filed negligent homicide charges in the death of an inmate at the Duchesne County jail last December.

Jail nurse Jana Clyde has been summoned to turn herself in. It is a class “A” misdemeanor and she could spend a year in jail if convicted.

ABC4’s Randall Carlisle has covered this story exclusively for months. It’s the sad story of 21-year-old Madison Jensen who was found dead in her cell four days after being jailed on minor drug charges.

She had been vomiting severely and had repeatedly requested medical help. 

The charges filed Monday show that on November 28th “despite being very ill with both vomiting and diarrhea, defendant (Jana Clyde) took no action to address this condition.”

Then on November 30th a deputy told Nurse Clyde that Madison Jensen looked very ill. The charging document states “defendant (Jana Clyde) made no assessment, did not see the victim, nor made any attempt to check on the welfare of the victim.”

One day later Madison was found dead in her cell from severe dehydration.

Father Jared Jensen told ABC4 late Monday after hearing about the charges “we will continue our fight to pursue any and all means to protect all people that are mistreated in that jail. We won’t stop until we complete that mission.”

He remains angry that no jail guards have ever been put on administrative leave or terminated for their role in his daughters death.

Jensen recently filed a federal lawsuit asking for unspecified damages in his daughters death.

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