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Family claims detox death ''wrongful'', files suit against county

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There are new developments surrounding a Sioux Falls woman's death in the County's detoxification center, last November.

Charleen Karr, 48, died November 18, 2012 at the Minnehaha County facility. An autopsy revealed it was a suicide after she consumed rubbing alcohol and whiskey.

Her daughter is taking legal action for ''wrongful death''.

Authorities said Karr was threatening to commit suicide and consumed rubbing alcohol and that's why she was taken to the county's facility.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and the Commission office were unable to discuss the pending litigation. The Commission office has chosen a private, outside attorney for this case.

We learned a suit like this against the detox center doesn't happen often.  

Bethany Karr, Charleen's daughter, filed the petition in Circuit Court. She's acting as the special administrator for her mother's estate.

It is filed against "adverse parties" which include the county, the county's detox facility, city of Sioux Falls, Avera McKenna Hospital, the HelpLine Center, Rural Metro and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, among others.

Karr's looking for any records and evidence related to a wrongful death, such as documents, photos, audio, video or any communication/reports during the investigation.

Karr also requests specific officials to be questioned under oath.

Authorities released information about the initial investigation saying Karr had wanted to commit suicide earlier on Nov. 18. Upon the arrival of emergency responders to her home, Karr agreed to go to the facility where, authorities say, life-saving measures were taken. However, Karr was unresponsive and pronounced dead later that night.

We stopped by the northwest Sioux Falls neighborhood where Charleen lived with her husband, Albert. We were unable to reach any family members. Neighbors say they were surprised to hear about this action against the county.

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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