Tuesday, October 31, 2017
A county jail nurse in Oklahoma faces possible criminal charges for allegedly performing an exorcism on an inmate and delaying medical help for the woman. Jail employees reported that in the February incident Linda Herlong Jackson, 67, said, "I revoke you demons," as the female inmate thrashed about and screamed. The inmate died the next day. ... On Oct. 20, Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor told the jail's medical provider, Armor Correctional Health Services, that Jackson, their employee, is banned from the jail, where she worked for more than six years. "It's our position that because of this incident she cannot work in this facility," the sheriff said, according to The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. "Her job is to provide medical care. Doing what she was doing was not providing medical care."
In an interview with the Oklahoman, Jackson denied the incident. "Oh, brother," she said. "No. ... I didn't do an exorcism."
She described herself as an excellent nurse and called her nursing work "a form of serving God."
"The patient didn't die, by the way, on my shift," she told the newspaper. "I would appreciate if you wouldn't try to sensationalize something that's already been settled -- or so I thought."
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