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Court documents: Pueblo County inmate died after assault by deputies

PUEBLO, Colo. - A lawsuit filed against two Pueblo County deputies and an EMT claims an inmate at the Pueblo County Detention Facility died after being assaulted by the deputies and denied medical care.

According to court documents, Joseph Jaramillo was beaten on February 23, 2016, causing him to have severe brain hemorrhaging and swelling.

The lawsuit claims the assault began when Jaramillo took a shower after being ordered to his bunk. Jaramillo "flipped off" Deputy Christian Crain and proceeded to shower.

Crain got the help of Deputy Nicholas Cardinal to pull Jaramillo from the shower area. According to the lawsuit, the deputies grabbed Jaramillo aggressively and took him to the floor. That's when Jaramillo's head hit the floor and he lost consciousness. The lawsuit alleges the deputies continued to beat him.

The lawsuit says Jaramillo complained about the pain for hours before being seen by EMT Sherry Baca 12 hours later. The lawsuit claims Baca performed an "inadequate assessment."

According to the lawsuit, Jaramillo's continued to complain about the pain and his requests for medical assistance were ignored.  

The court documents say Jaramillo was banging on his cell door and eventually collapsed due to respiratory failure and never regained consciousness. 

Rodney Jaramillo is representing fallen inmate, Joseph Jaramillo in the civil case.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office responded to the lawsuit Wednesday saying that Jaramillo's death was the result of natural causes, according to a medical examiner's report. The office says it's maintained contact with the Jaramillo family and provided video and reports from deputies and medical officers.

PCSO said in 2016 that Jaramillo wasn't in the office's custody when he died. Jaramillo was granted a PR bond while he was in a Pueblo hospital and he was then transferred to Denver, where he died.

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