Mother of two who died in jail now grabbing national attention

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by John Knicely, News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 31 at 7:06 AM

(KMOV) -- The Anna Brown story has gone viral. The homeless mother of 2 died in a jail cell minutes after being arrested at St. Mary’s Hospital in September. A doctor examined Brown, but did not find the blood clot. When Brown was crying in pain and wouldn’t leave the hospital, Richmond Heights police officers arrested her for trespassing.

Surveillance videos have gone viral. They show Brown being taken out of the hospital, then dragged out of the patrol car and into the jail cell. She died minutes later on the floor of the jail cell. A Facebook page titled “Justice for Anna Brown” has more than 14,000 “likes.”

Reverend Larry Rice is calling for an investigation and is holding a rally in Brown’s honor. He says Brown had stayed at the shelter he runs in downtown St. Louis, New Life Evangelistic Center.

“We're calling forth for who killed Anna Brown?” Rice said Friday night. “How did she die? Was it a result of negligence by the hospital, Richmond Heights Police department, churches that lock their door to the homeless?”

Rice says he doesn’t want Brown’s death to be in vain.

“My prayer is that out of Anna Brown's death we will see a resurrection of compassion, concern, churches opening their door,” he said. “Taking care of the homeless problem one at a time.”

Richmond Heights Police won’t comment. On Thursday St. Mary’s President Kate Becker released a video statement.

“We want to assure the public that we did provide care for Miss Brown,” Becker said. “Unfortunately with appropriate testing and sophisticated technology, blood clots can still be undetected in a small number of cases.”

News 4 spoke with Anna Brown’s mother and her attorney. Neither would comment.

Rice is holding a rally on Good Friday at the St. Louis County Government Center. He’s encouraging people to come out and seek justice for Anna Brown. He will lead a march from the Government Center to St. Mary’s Hospital.

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