Gregg Co. inmate's death sparks questions from family - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gregg Co. inmate's death sparks questions from family

Posted: Updated:

An East Texas family is wanting answers after their mother died while in the custody of Gregg County officials.

Debra Duffie died Monday morning at a Longview hospital.

She was booked in to the Gregg County Jail for a violation of probation for an assault family violence charge.

"We didn't get a chance to talk to our mom or anything, we didn't get a chance to," said LaChance Clark.

Clark is the oldest of Duffie's three children.  

"My main thing is that even though she was in jail doing time, she is still a human being and you know, no one deserves to die like this. I mean, she was alone. That's the hardest thing for me and my sister and brother that she you know, died alone. She was by herself, you know, and that's why we want answers," Clark said.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said the jail's doctor ordered Duffie to be taken to the hospital Sunday evening for medical treatment.

On the way to the hospital, he said she suffered a significant cardiac event.

"A church associate called me and told me, 'Your mother is in ICU and she is fighting for her life.' And I'm like what? What's going on? Nothing was functioning; she was on life support. She was in ER until about 7 p.m. They gave her dialysis, emergency dialysis, none of that worked. She was not responsive at all," Clark said.  

Duffie was pronounced dead at 5:12 Monday morning.

"It's so hard by me being the oldest, I have a younger sister and brother, that you know, I have to stay strong for them because they are a wreck right now, they are a nervous wreck. So I have to stay strong so I can make sure they are okay," Clark said. 

Clark said right now, they are arranging Duffie's funeral, but once they have a chance to grieve, Clark said she has some questions for officials.

"We're not going to try to fight anyone on anything, but in the end, the Bible says that vengeance is mine. You know, God will repay what's wrong," Clark said.

She said she is relying on something much stronger than she is to carry her family through.

"It's really my faith. I am a child of God, so I know that God will see us through. I just know by my faith we're going to get some answers," Clark said.

Clark said her mother's funeral will be on Saturday. The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation launched by the Gregg County Sheriff's Department. Officials expect Duffie's preliminary autopsy results within the next 24 hours.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:55:14 GMT
    Christopher Hebert was killed in an accident at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2012. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear of another life lost.More >>
    In 2012, Christopher Hebert was killed when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear another family is having to deal with losing a loved one because of something that happened at the plant.
    More >>
  • Woman, 2 children killed in Leake County ATV accident

    Toddler involved in fatal Leake County ATV accident expected to recover

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
    Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
    Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV.
    More >>
  • Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:12 GMT
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities sayMore >>
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities say the 21-year-old jumped into the river Saturday while running away from police. It's the kind of tragedy first responders admit always takes a toll on them.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.