5 alarm calls made from Kinew James cell the night she died: report

A report into the death of Kinew James at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre says five alarm calls were made from her cell the night she died. File / Global News

SASKATOON – An unsealed report is shining light on the death of a woman who was serving time at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre. The investigation into the 2013 death of Kinew James, 35, found five alarm calls were made from her cell the night she died.

James had diabetes and heart problems according to the internal report by the board of investigation.

The reports states on the night she died, James felt ill and was eventually found unresponsive.

It took a nurse between 12 and 15 minutes to declare a medical emergency.

The report states the nurse should have taken that action immediately when James was found unresponsive.

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Kinew, who was at the tail end of her sentence, first entered the corrections system in 1988 when she was 18. She was serving time for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats, arson, mischief and obstruction of justice at the time of her death.

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A public inquest into the death is scheduled for April.

Joel Senick and Meaghan Craig contributed to this report

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