A woman from Chester, came before Warsaw Town Council to plead for help for her son, an inmate at Northern Neck Regional Jail who, she claims, is being “treated worse than an animal.”
According to Carrie Ogburn, her 52-year-old son has had kidney stones for decades. After serving a year, the kidney stones on the left side had gotten so large that they were removed but those on the right side were left in.
“The pain for a man with kidney stones is the same as a man having a baby,” she explained. And she says NNRJ isn’t providing her son anything for pain. Two helpings of lemon juice and when he’s “lucky an extra strength Tylenol” does not do anything to touch the pain of kidney stones, she said.
Recently, her son couldn’t urinate for two days and “he had to work on himself to get the stone moved to be able to urinate. Do you think they did anything to help him? No. They didn’t,” she told town council.
“There’s just no end to what they do to [the inmates] in there. Not only my son. But I’ve heard a lot of tales from the others that are in there,” she added.
“If I had a dog or cat, I would not put them in that jail. That is the biggest hellhole I’ve ever seen or heard of in my life.”
Ogburn said she was advised to come before the Warsaw Town Council, and she doesn’t know who else to contact because she has talked to everyone she could, including Ted Hull, superintendent of NNRJ. “And I might as well be talking to this floor as to be talking to him,” she told the town council members.
She said she discussed the matter with jail board member Larry Thorn and he talked to the head nurse, who Ogburn says “doesn’t know the truth if she saw it in front of her.”
“Is there anybody who can help me?” Ogburn asked town council.
Mayor Randy Phelps told her the town council generally doesn’t engage in back and forth conversation during the public comment period. But he was willing to say this: “I highly advise you to talk to a good attorney. If what you say is true, then you need legal advice.”
Ogburn said she was trying to get an out-of-town attorney because none of those in the Richmond area will touch the case. Evidently, they know what it is, she said.
Ogburn claimed her son was locked up for selling guns in Hanover, and wasn’t even supposed to be in Warsaw. “But you know as well as I know why he is,” she told town council without explaining what that meant.
According to Hull, the individual she was referring to is a Gloucester County inmate, and Gloucester is one of the NNRJ member localities.
Ogburn is correct in saying her son doesn’t have the ability to speak for himself with regards to his medical care. “Decisions and treatments are made at the judgment and direction from the jail physician and/or any medical specialist/doctor required by his diagnosis. Jail medical staff execute those decisions,” said Hull.
But with regards to the facilities record of treatment of its inmates, he said NNRJ doesn’t have any pending legal complaints for improper care and has never been found liable or in violation of improper inmate treatment.