GLOBE, Ariz. — An Arizona woman has filed a lawsuit against the Gila County jail, saying she was held without criminal charges and forced to drink toilet water.
The lawsuit alleges false imprisonment, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Tamara Barnicoat, 63, was booked in the Globe facility in October 2019 while having a psychotic episode after being arrested on suspicion of trespassing and other minor crimes, KNXV-TV reported Thursday. The lawsuit said she was held for 27 days before being released because no criminal charges had been filed yet.
Because Barnicoat exhibited bizarre behavior, a jail employee decided to turn off water to her isolation cell, so she could not splash or cause a mess, the lawsuit said, adding that the employee did not properly log or inform coworkers and she was deprived of water for two days.
“I want them to change things at the jail because it was so devastating,” Barnicoat told KNXV-TV.