PIKE COUNTY, Mo. – A Pike County, Mo., inmate called for medical help, was given Tylenol, then put on suicide watch before dying of a brain tumor, according to a prison incident report.
The prison inquest report set out a timeline that shows 41-year-old Hollie Grote cried for months to get medical help.
“You could tell something was wrong and she was ignored,” the victim’s sister, Ashley Lovelace, told FOX 2.
The victim’s other sister, Shainey Harpole, added: “She was losing her sight. She had headaches.
Grote’s complaints were constant and daily, according to his family. Their claims are supported by prison records.
“I thought she had a stroke because of the things she was saying,” Harpole said.
Grote was detained in the Pike County Jail in Missouri for drug trafficking last June. When Grote told her family she couldn’t get a medical response from the jail, relatives said they personally visited the sheriff.
“I asked if it was possible for him to let her go to the hospital, and he said no,” Harpole said. “He said people do it a lot to get attention.”
“(The sheriff) said he sent someone to the hospital the night before,” Lovelace added. “I’m like what did they do? How could they go there? You know, for four months, she’s been crying, begging you, and her physical appearance has changed.
Clayton’s attorney, Mark Pedroli, investigates the Grote family case.
“A layman would know that person needed medical attention,” he said.
Pedroli uncovered prison documents showing Grote began complaining shortly after he was arrested for drug trafficking. The medical complaints were first documented on July 28, 2021. Another inmate said, “Grote’s eye was droopy.
On October 23, Grote said her head hurt so much she was going to kill herself. An officer noted “scuff marks on the forearm/wrist area”.
“She still hasn’t gotten the attention she needs,” Lovelace said. “She still hasn’t been sent to the hospital after being physically injured.”
Another officer wrote that it “looks like she is in pain but mostly normal; lying on the floor of the pod crying and it looks like she can’t think. Another entry said the detention doctor advised Grote to be given 1,000 mg of Tylenol.
The filing says Grote was then placed in what is called a “pickle suit” (and a suicide gown).
Officers then documented her watching on video while she was on suicide watch. An officer wrote that Grote was acting strangely – and only growling in response to questions. She then slowly rolled from her bunk before dying on the floor.
Pedroli said it was remarkable, “…how consistent her complaints were and how many times she pleaded just to go to the hospital, just to have someone drive her down the road to see a doctor. and that would have saved his life.”
An autopsy by the Boone and Calloway County Medical Examiner revealed that his “brain was swollen” due to a “tumor located on the right side”.
The prison’s private medical contractor is Advanced Correctional Healthcare. A rep told us tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT that they were working on a response.
Sheriff Stephen Korte wrote in response, “Due to possible ongoing litigation, I decline to be interviewed at this time as my words may be misinterpreted and my opinions may be misconstrued as fact.”
He also said, “An investigation has been completed for any wrongdoing by staff and has been forwarded to the Pike County District Attorney, who will send it to an outside prosecutor for review.”
Grote’s sister and daughter said they asked the sheriff what it would take to get an inmate to the hospital. They said they were told you should bleed or vomit in such a way that it was obvious something was wrong.
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