A hospital in Oklahoma had one of its own patients arrested after he refused to leave — and hours later, he was found unresponsive in his jail cell by law enforcement officials.
Local news station KOCO News 5 reports that a 35-year-old man named Marconia Kessee showed up at the Norman Regional Hospital emergency room on Tuesday this week complaining of a headache and asking for narcotics.
After Kessee was released from the emergency room, hospital officials said he went to the lobby and caused some kind of “disturbance.” He was then asked to leave the hospital, but he refused, and said that he was a homeless man who would like to be taken to the Salvation Army.
The hospital then had police come to arrest him, and they took him into custody to the Cleveland County Detention Center on Tuesday evening.
Shortly after being detained, Kessee was found unresponsive in his jail cell. He was then taken back to the Norman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson said that his department is cooperating fully with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to review what happened to Kessee and to determine whether he was given proper care.