Summit County settles with estate of Hartville woman who died at jail—Canton Repository

Summit County has agreed to settle [a wrongful death claim] by the estate of a Hartville woman who died at the jail for $625,000.

Brittany Rae Berry, also known as Brittany Rae Schlarb, who previously lived in Hartville, was a 35-year-old mother of three who died from dehydration complications while detoxifying at the jail in June 2018.

The case was closed after Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler’s investigation, and there was no separate or outside investigation, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office previously said.

If a settlement hadn’t been reached, the attorneys representing Berry’s estate had planned to sue the county and an Illinois-based firm that provided inmate medical services at the jail for years. The county has since switched medical providers for the jail.

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