In a tragic incident that occurred in Sedgwick County, Kansas, a county jail inmate with a history of health issues has passed away. The inmate, identified as Kelly Junius Peterson, was transported to a local hospital on January 28 due to chronic medical problems.
According to Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Lt. Nathan Gibbs, Peterson had been under the care of the Detention Facility Medical Clinic for the past three years, seeking treatment for his chronic medical issues. Since his arrest in October of 2020 on felony charges related to Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties, and Sexual Exploitation of a child, Peterson had been hospitalized a total of 25 times.
In 2023 alone, he had been hospitalized eight times. Despite the efforts of the hospital staff, Peterson’s condition had a very small chance of survival. Based on medical advice, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office contacted Peterson’s family on February 8 and made arrangements for them to visit him.
Tragically, just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Peterson was pronounced deceased. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Investigation Division were promptly notified of the situation.
This incident highlights the challenges faced by inmates with chronic health issues within the county jail system. Peterson’s case raises questions about the adequacy of medical care provided to inmates and the resources available to address their specific health needs.
It is essential for the authorities to thoroughly examine the circumstances leading to Peterson’s death and determine if any improvements can be made to prevent similar tragedies in the future. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has pledged to cooperate fully with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Investigation Division during the course of their investigation.
Our thoughts go out to Peterson’s family during this difficult time, and we will continue to follow this story closely as more information becomes available.