Former Maricopa County jail guard admits he failed to get Deborah Braillard medical attention

PHOENIX - The ABC15 Investigators were in court Monday for more dramatic testimony in the trial of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in the in the death of Deborah Braillard , a diabetic Valley woman.

A second Maricopa County Jail detention officer admitted to the jury he did not get medical attention for the ailing Glendale mother even after he realized Braillard was having trouble breathing.

Deborah Braillard was 46 when she was arrested on minor drug charges after her car broke down on New Year's Day 2005.

The ABC15 Investigators obtained documents and testimony that clearly show Braillard did not have to die. 

In January 2005, Deborah Braillard spent three agonizing days in custody at the Estrella Jail without any medical attention and without insulin.

She vomited repeatedly and had multiple seizures, but the only help she got was from fellow inmates. 

MCSO detention officers claimed they thought she was going through heroin withdrawal and never summoned medical assistance for Braillard.

Maricopa County Health Services nurses who visited her jail dorm never went to her bunk to check on her.

We now know she had no drugs in her system--she was falling into a diabetic coma.

MCSO claims she never told them she was a diabetic, but they admit they had the information in their computer system from a previous arrest.

They also admit several of Braillard's friends called to alert them she was diabetic. And they admit, an MCSO officer faxed the info to the jail but nobody bothered to read it.

After suffering in severe pain for three days, Deborah Braillard was finally rushed to the hospital when she became unconscious but it was too late--doctors told her family she would not recover.

She died eighteen days later--most of that time still shackled to the hospital bed. 

Braillard's daughter fought for seven years to bring a civil suit to court.

She is suing MCSO, Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio and several jail detention officers. 

Monday, former MCSO detention officer Randy Harenberg testified he called the medical clinic and told somebody Braillard was having trouble breathing.

County Health services said they have no record of any call.

Harenberg, one of the defendants being sued, told the jury he also wrote in a log that Braillard was ill, but he didn't bother to notify his supervisor or tell the officer who came in to relieve him for the following shift.

He is the second MCSO detention officer and defendant to admit under oath that they did not make sure Braillard got medical attention, even after they found out she was having trouble breathing.

In another development, the attorneys representing MCSO and Maricopa County failed to convince the judge to grant a mistrial.

They have made three separate motions for a mistrial as the case has unfolded, but each time the judge has denied their attempts to stop the trial. 

Maricopa County taxpayers may have to pay millions for any mistakes the jury decides resulted in Braillard's tortuous death.

A judge ruled previously on the case that the Braillard's family can ask for punitive damages that can be as much as three times the amount of compensatory damages.

Critics of Maricopa County jails say what happened to Braillard during only three days in custody could happen to anybody. 

ABC15 is working to bring you the story of Deborah Braillard's death and a detailed look at the on-going trial.

We are the ONLY news operation covering this case and bringing you the dramatic events from the trial.

Watch ABC15 and check abc15.com for continuous updates.

We'll be there when the jury announces a verdict and we will be the only place you can get the complete story.

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