Family of woman who died in jail files suit against Gregg County

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 3:33pm

longview — A civil lawsuit against Gregg County was filed today with the United States District Court in Marshall on behalf of 33-year-old Amy Lynn Cowling's children.

The suit comes less than eight months after her death in the Gregg County Jail and in the same week that another inmate, Micah Aaron Garner, died at the jail.

According to Attorney Jimmy Negem, an attorney who was hired to represent Cowling's three children and their father, a lawsuit was filed in District Court, claiming Gregg County is responsible for her death. Also included in the joint lawsuit is Cowling's mother, Vicki Bankhead.

Cowling was pronounced dead on Dec. 29 at an area hospital after being found unresponsive in a Gregg County Jail separation cell.

Jail officials have said Cowling was denied prescribed medication, which family members said was in her purse at the jail, because they were not on the jail's approved medication list.

Her cause of death was ruled "probably" seizure due to methadone and Xanax withdrawal by a Tyler pathologist.

The lawsuit claims that Gregg County officials failed to provide proper medical treatment to Cowling "by failing to protect her and through indifference to her medical needs."

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