GBI investigating treatment of Clayton Co. inmate

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Guerrier needed dialysis and was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough tells Channel 2 Action News he wants to know what happened to one of his inmates.

Kimbrough told Channel 2's Ryan Young he requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to come in and see if appropriate force was used and if appropriate care was given to Kevin Guerrier, who is now on life support after being taken into police custody.

Guerrier was arrested in a Clayton County court room during a hearing about him falling behind on child support payments. Deputies had to restrain Guerrier after he made a sudden move at the judge, according to the sheriff.

"The inmate charged a judge on the bench and was restrained by two of my deputies. They then took him into the jail. What is alleged to have happened next is still up for debate," Kimbrough said.

The sheriff told Young he was told that the inmate needed dialysis and he was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center. But in the coming days they discovered the inmate's condition was far worse.

"Over the weekend I was told of his condition rapidly deteriorating and didn't have an explanation for that. When I started asking questions it was revealed his condition was due to a head injury," Kimbrough said.

Now several employees could be placed on paid leave as GBI investigators try to find out what happened to Guerrier.

Kimbrough said the inmate is on life support and his family is going to have to make some tough decisions over the next few days

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