NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail guard who investigators say left her post while a mentally ill inmate sweltered in a 101-degree cell had been disciplined for doing so before.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show guard Carol Lackner was brought up on administrative charges in 2010 for similarly abandoning her post in another part of the Rikers Island jail. Her attorney says those charges were settled after she gave up five vacation days.
More recently, Lackner was suspended for 30 days following the Feb. 15 death of a homeless ex-Marine. An investigation found she left her post without permission 20 minutes before Jerome Murdough was found unresponsive in his cell in a part of the jail that had a malfunctioning heater.
Lackner's attorney denies she left without permission when overseeing Murdough.