• Kelsey Alexandra Lynch (Source: New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office)

    Kelsey Alexandra Lynch (Source: New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office)

Jail door cuts off part of inmate’s finger

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Submitted: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:04pm
Updated: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:04pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An inmate at the New Hanover County Jail had to be rushed to the hospital last week part of her finger was cut off in a door.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says jail staff was doing a headcount Thursday when they went into the cell of Kelsey Alexandra Lynch. Brewer says Lynch tried to attack the officers, who backed out of the cell and closed the 700-pound cell door. He says as the door closed Lynch tried to stop it with her hand, which got caught in the door cutting off the tip of one of her fingers.

Brewer says the jail’s on-site medical staff responded and decided instead of waiting on EMS, it would be faster to drive Lynch to the hospital, so two deputies drove her in a patrol car. Brewer says doctors were able to reattach the finger tip, and Lynch is expected to be OK.

Lynch was in jail on a charge of failure to appear in court in Franklin County. She has been released on a $1,000 bond.


  • guesty says:

    A great punishment for being stupid. Hopefully the taxpayers won’t be stuck with her medical bill.

  • Gruntlip McGerkan says:

    Oooops! Don’t put your hand in the way of a closing door with iron bars that weighs 700lbs…it may just hurt!
    Here comes the law suit! Instead of being held accountable for stupidity…people sue with bottom of their class lawyers because, in this case, the jail door manufacturers didn’t post a sign warning of something like this! Don’t pick a fight with jailers…not an “I good dea”!
    Stay Tuned!!!

  • James Last says:

    Unfortunately the taxpayers are responsible for any medical injuries incurred while in custody…so get your Vaseline out!!! Not to mention a possible lawsuit by an ambulance chasing lawyer…SMH, only in America!

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