Family of Diabetic Man Questions His Treatment After Death in Mo. Jail

Michael Robinson 
Michael Robinson 

The family of a 33-year-old Missouri man is demanding answers after he died just hours after being transported in an ambulance from the Pemiscot County Jail, KFVS reports.


Michael Robinson, according to his family, was a severe diabetic and would have needed at least two insulin shots a day. The Robinson family is questioning whether he received the medication he needed while he was jailed.

According to KFVS, Robinson was arrested last Friday on a warrant for back child support. His family is unsure when he had his last injection before being arrested. Robinson, they say, was taken to a hospital in Hayti late Saturday night, before being transferred to a hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was pronounced dead Sunday evening.

Sheriff Tommy Greenwall of Pemiscot County said that he has asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate Robinson’s prison stay and determine what kind of treatment he was given, if any.

Facebook user Brig Feltus, who is identified as Robinson's cousin, posted a message stating that Robinson's sister, whom he identified as Anne, told him that the 33-year-old had been placed in solitary confinement.

"Brig I just heard that my brother was asking the jailers that he needed to go to the hospital and he was yelling and begging. They put him in the hole to keep him quiet. The[y] didn't get him out again until his girlfriend came to visit. So sad, I'm hurting," the message reads.

Read more at KFVS.