Autopsy Shows that Mentally Ill Inmate, Michael Anthony Kerr, Died of Thirst

Michael Anthony Kerr WNCN
Michael Anthony Kerr

An outraged Invanhoe, N.C., woman is demanding answers after her mentally ill brother was shown to have died from dehydration while serving time, WNCN reports.

Last week Brenda Liles told reporters that anyone involved in her brother’s death should go to jail. That was the same Friday that seven people, including nurses and a captain, were fired and two more individuals resigned, the state Department of Safety confirmed, according to the news station.

“Anybody that had a hand in murdering my brother, they need to go to jail,” Liles told WNCN.

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According to the report, Kerr, who was serving 31 years for larceny and assault on a 2011 habitual-felon conviction, was pronounced dead in March after he was transported from Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., to Central Prison. An autopsy confirmed that his death was due to dehydration.

The autopsy also revealed that Kerr had symptoms that pointed to schizoaffective disorder, but noted that he was not being treated for the mental-health issue. Liles told reporters that her brother had shown signs of illness ever since his two sons were murdered. She had been hoping that he would be helped in a mental facility, not a prison.

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Source: The Root | 

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