AG report says Amy Cowling showed signs of medical problems
Amy Cowling. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.
By Layron Livingston - bio | email Posted by Elizabeth Thomas – email
GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A State Attorney General's Office report says 33-year-old Amy Cowling's body showed no signs of wounds or injury.
Cowling was arrested Christmas Eve morning and found unresponsive inside her Gregg County Jail cell just days later.
The Attorney General's Office Custodial Death Report notes Amy Cowling did exhibit signs of medical problems at the time she was booked in.
Cowling's family has since hired an attorney, claiming Cowling was denied the prescribed medication she needed to survive.
Five jailers were eventually fired; one was arrested for allegedly falsifying Cowling's jail observation log.
The Attorney General's office report was filed two days after Cowling's death. According to the report, Gregg County Investigators found a "Suicide Prevention Check Sheet" taped to Cowling's cell door, along with another observation log.
It's also written how Cowling stated she'd used Methadone for at least 10 years. Notes from a jail nurse are also referenced recalling Cowling's seizure-like behavior.
The autopsy could not confirm seizures happened, but noted how seizures could be a response from Methadone withdrawals.
Methadone is not a jail approved drug.
Authorities say Cowling was given other drugs to treat her anxiety and withdrawal symptoms.
The morning before her death, a nurse logged that Cowling was "hollering and uncooperative," and that more drugs were administered.
Several hours later, as the nurse left her cell, Cowling reportedly started yelling and got "louder as the door was shut."
The report says Cowling was given more jail approved drugs and placed on suicide watch a few minutes later.
Medical Examiners are still waiting on toxicology reports to nail down an exact cause of death.
The toxicology report isn't due back for several days.
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