SIU concludes investigation into hospitalization of Niagara woman

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Published June 14, 2023 at 10:02 pm

CCTV Image of Cleaning cart (Photo/SIU)

Niagara Police officers were cleared of any wrong doing in the incident involving a 32-year-old woman who ingested a toxic substance while in custody in February.

The investigation revealed that the officers had followed proper protocol and had not contributed to the woman’s consumption of the toxic substance.

The woman’s ability to access the cleaning solution was an unforeseeable circumstance, and the officers acted promptly by immediately calling for medical assistance upon discovering the incident, according to authorities

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, concluded that, “no reasonable grounds exist to believe that any officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a distressing incident involving a woman who ingested a toxic substance while in custody.”

The incident occurred on February 14, where the woman inmate managed to slip her arm under the cell door and access cleaning solution from a nearby cleaning cart. She consumed the substance, resulting in her requiring immediate medical attention.

Paramedics were swiftly called to the scene and transported her to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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