SUNSET — After their mother died in Davis County Jail last week, three adult siblings have accused the jail of failing to provide the 46-year-old woman with blood pressure medication she needed.

Kara Noakes, 46, died Thursday, June 23, in the Farmington facility. According to the probable cause statement, Noakes was arrested by Sunset police at 5:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, and booked into the Davis County Jail for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

“She was arrested on warrants because she failed to pay a ticket for no insurance,” William Nelson, Noakes’ eldest son, said. He alleges jail personnel refused to give his mother her high blood pressure medication, even though he said he notified them six times that she would die without it.

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Kara Noakes, left, and her daughter, Brook Uberti, are pictured in a photograph from Uberti's wedding.

Nelson said his mother’s legal woes initially stemmed from driving without insurance, then having her driver’s license suspended due to lack of insurance and then driving without a license. Court documents say there were outstanding warrants out for Noakes’ arrest related to traffic citations.

“I don’t get why she was treated like a hardened criminal for traffic violations,” Brook Uberti, Noakes’ daughter, said.

Reached shortly before noon Monday, June 27, Sgt. DeAnn Servey of the Davis County Sheriff's Office confirmed Noakes died while in custody. However, Servey said she could not comment further because the case has been referred to the Weber County Attorney.

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William Nelson stands outside Sunset City Offices calling for reforms after the death of his mother at Davis County Jail on Monday, June 27, 2016. Nelson said he and friends will be outside of the offices protesting every day at noon.

“It was handed over to them as an impartial party, and they will conduct a full investigation as we do with every in-custody death,” Servey said. “As the sheriff’s office, we look forward to the results of that investigation. We hope there can be some closure when those details come to light. We wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through this.”

Amanda Cromwell lives in the same Sunset four-plex as Noakes and her three adult children. 

“She was my best friend, anyone who knew her loved her,” Cromwell said, adding that no one had the resources to post bail for Noakes. “There was no need for her to die.”

Cromwell said Noakes took her high blood pressure medications and anti-depressants to the jail with her, but was not administered any of those in the days leading up to her death. She also brought pain killers that she took to handle a back injury from a car accident.

Nelson says he plans to be outside of the Sunset offices protesting every day at noon. Beyond that, Nelson and Uberti are planning for a funeral in Iowa, where their mother grew up, packing up to move out of their apartment and figuring out the care for their youngest brother, Brandon Nelson. Noakes took care of Brandon, who is autistic.

Since their mother’s death, Uberti says Brandon has been unable to handle being in the apartment and is staying with a cousin. Uberti now plans to take care of her adult brother.

“I never expected to be a mom,” Uberti said.

Contact reporter Cathy McKitrick at 801-625-4214 or Follow her on Twitter at @catmck.


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