Woman With Down Syndrome Spends Night In Jail
NewsChannel 9 is digging deeper into an unusual arrest in Rhea County we first told you about Thursday night. The suspect is a 48-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who was charged with domestic assault and detained in the Rhea County Jail.
Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal insists his men did nothing wrong but disability advocates said there were other options. The story came to light when a viewer sent us a link to a mug shot and they questioned whether the woman should have ever been taken to jail.
The mug shot was taken Wednesday night at the Rhea County Jail showing the woman cuddling a doll. We’re concealing her face to protect her identity. She was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail charged with domestic assault.
Laura Compton, Director of ARC of Hamilton County, said “in an ideal world no, she should not have been arrested.”
That echoes what we’ve heard from several intellectual disability advocates who have seen or heard about the mug shot.
ADDED: This, this right here… is why America hates its cops.
This is also why our Judges, Magistrates and Judicial Commissioners have powers of discretion. But it seems the only time the cops and our judges want to go the extra mile in any criminal case is when one of their own is accused of a crime. If this person was violent she should have been taken to a hospital and evaluated by a physician.
Rhea County you should be ashamed of yourselves!