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Female inmate alleges excessive force was used at detention center


By Philip Gonzales | Mar 5, 2019

WHEELING — An inmate is suing West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Youth Services System Inc., citing alleged excessive use of force resulting in a permanent injury.

Ciara Marie Taylor filed a complaint against the juvenile detention center operators in Ohio Circuit Court, alleging that the defendants breached their duty to assure the safe, secure and humane treatment of the youths entrusted to their custody. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that in an attempt to lock her in her room on Nov. 5, 2017, Taylor's right index finger was severed and was subsequently amputated.

She has and will continue to suffer physical, emotional and psychological injury. The plaintiff holds West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Youth Services System Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to use restraint equipment, shoved her into her dorm and slammed the door on her right hand. Taylor requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, with interest, costs and such other just and appropriate relief. She is represented by Stephen B. Farmer, Matthew H. Nelson and Chase L. Farmer of Farmer, Cline, & Campbell PLLC in Morgantown.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 19-c-13

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