Jail officials investigate 3 deaths in 3 weeks

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Three inmates dead at the Campbell County Jail in a as many weeks has the county reviewing its jail policies.

All three of the deaths are being called "medically related," and ironically, all three occurred over weekends.

Ernest Dunaway, 46, is the latest inmate to die in the Campbell County Detention Center.

Jail guards say he died Friday night.

"At the time of his death, he was in the medical ward being treated for preexisting conditions," said chief deputy David Fickenschur.

Dunaway joins two other inmates - Josie McFall, 30, and Dennis Rosenberg, 34, as inmates who have died while in custody in the jail in the last three weeks.

Rosenburg died first, on April 19.  Investigators say it happened a few hours after doctors released Rosenburg from the St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas Hospital to jail custody.

Last week, investigators McFall died shortly after she arrived at the jail.

"We have a meeting scheduled in the near future with the commissioner of the Department of Corrections, along with the the medical contracting service that provides medical care to the detention center just to review and go over what has happened in each case," said Fickenschur.

Southern Health Partners provides healthcare at the Campbell County Detention Center. The group's risk manager, Jodi Harrison, gave this statement: "Southern Health Partners cannot comment on the specifics of these events due to issue of medical confidentiality. We believe we provide quality healthcare services at Campbell County, but will be reviewing our policies and procedures. "

Meanwhile, the investigation into all the deaths is still open.

"If I had a son or daughter in the jail, I would want to know that it was being looked at," said Fickenschur.

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