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Posted on: May 22, 2022

Shelby County Inmate Death Under Review

Inmate Death Death under Review

COLUMBIANA, AL) On May 17, 2022, Kathy Burcham, 52 years old from Sterrett, was arrested on two outstanding warrants, both for Willful Abuse of a Child.  Following the arrest, she was transported to the Shelby County Jail.

On May 21, 2022, at approximately 9:45 PM, jail deputies were conducting regular cell checks in the medical unit in adherence to jail policy, and they discovered Ms. Burcham in obvious medical distress. 

Jail deputies and medical staff immediately began providing emergency medical care. Southeast Shelby Rescue responded to assist, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

 The exact cause of death is unknown at this time, however, preliminary belief is that Ms. Burcham experienced a medical emergency.  Sheriff John Samaniego has requested the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an independent review into the incident. An internal audit into the incident will also be conducted. 

Due to the ongoing status of the review, no further information can be released at this time.   Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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