Jail authorities banned a nurse from her position after she allegedly tried to cast demons out of a seizing meth addict who died the day afterward.
Oklahoma County Jail barred Linda Herlong Jackson, 67, from working at the jail after she tried to cast demons out of Amanda Lynette Freeman, a 32-year-old woman arrested on drug charges, who was having a seizure, according to KOCO 5 News.
Detention officials called Jackson to assist when Freeman began seizing. Jackson asked accompanying prison officials if she could cast demons out of Freeman upon seeing that Freeman was screaming and thrashing around, a jail guard alleged.
A witness said Jackson then said “I revoke you demons,” according to the Kansas City Star.
“Oh, brother,” Jackson said. “No. … I didn’t do an exorcism.”
“The patient didn’t die, by the way, on my shift. I would appreciate if you wouldn’t try to sensationalize something that’s already been settled ― or so I thought,” she added.
Jackson’s denial of allegations that she performed an exorcism do not necessarily contradict witness reports of her attempting to cast demons out of Freeman. An exorcism is a specific, formulaic ritual employed to drive out spirits, like the Catholic Rite of Exorcism, and what Jackson allegedly performed falls in line with what some Christians refer to as “deliverance ministry.”
A sheriff’s lieutenant halted Jackson’s attempts to drive out demons from Freeman upon his arrival to the scene. Freeman died the following day due to an acute coronary event caused by methamphetamine. Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor banned Jackson from working at the jail Oct. 20. Taylor could not fire her as she was employed under Armor Correctional Health Services instead of the jail.
Taylor no longer works for Armor Correctional Health Services as of Oct. 27.
Taylor clarified that he did not ban Jackson for any perceived fault in the inmate’s death, but because he believed she breached the boundaries of her duties as a medical practitioner.
“It’s our position that because of this incident she cannot work in this facility,” Taylor told The Oklahoman. “Her job is to provide medical care. Doing what she was doing was not providing medical care.”
The sheriff’s investigator met with the district attorney to discuss the details of the incident. Jackson does not currently face any criminal charges.
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