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The family of a man who was severely beaten last week at the Sedgwick County Jail is now speaking out in an effort to save someone else's loved one from being injured.
Edger Richard had been at the jail for about three months. He was serving time for a parole violation on an old case in which he was charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Richard's family doesn't deny that their loved one has some mental difficulties, but they say he didn't have to be beaten to the brink of death.
"We just want to be able to see him." says Joseph Richard, Edger's brother. "They won't allow us to see him. All we know is that he's in a coma, has five skull fractures, broken teeth, and a tracheotomy in his neck."
Meanwhile, Undersheriff Bob Hinshaw says Richard is being treated no differently than any other inmate.
"Just because he's in the hospital doesn't mean his privileges are any different than anybody else's," explains Hinshaw. "We have to maintain a controlled environment."
Hinshaw tells KAKE News that Richard was offered his daily medication last Friday night, but apparently claimed that he wasn't being given the right meds. He then attempted to leave his cell and then Hinshaw says the deputy began to subdue him.
"I can understand that the family is upset," says Hinshaw. "I'd be upset, too. But I can't speculate on what I don't know yet."
The sheriff's department is reviewing the incident and has placed the deputy involved on administrative leave with pay. The case has also been forwarded to the district attorney, who will decide if charges against either man will be filed.
Richard is currently listed in critical condition at a Wichita hospital.