Special diet ordered for Waukegan inmate
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT December 21, 2012 6:56PM
Updated: January 26, 2013 6:09AM
It took a judicial order Friday for a Waukegan woman to receive a specialty diet and medication while she is incarcerated at Lake County Jail.
Sarah Gumm, 34, is in custody in lieu of $3 million bond after being charged with the first-degree murder of 3-month-old Rylan Aislee Koopmeiners. Gumm had been caring for the Kenosha, Wis. infant for six weeks prior to the July 27 incident, authorities said.
She has had a diagnosed medical condition called reactive hypoglycemia, according to her attorney, Jed Stone. It’s similar to diabetes because the body doesn’t process sugar properly, causing fatigue and inability to concentrate, he said.
“Access to medication and diet (are necessary) to keep her fit to stand trial,” Stone said.
He said jail officials had refused to provide her with diabetic meals because she is not diabetic and that her medication was expensive.
“Medical treatment in the jail system is Third World at best,” Stone said.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Kalata presented an order that Judge Christopher Stride signed, requiring the jail to provide Gumm with her medication and adjust her meals.
“I think the order is terrific,” Stone said.
Lake County Sheriff ‘s Office Chief Deputy Wayne Hunter said Friday the jail does not give diabetic meals to non-diabetics.
“We also do not discuss the medical condition of inmates. I can tell you generally that every inmate with a medical condition that requires a pharmacological intervention receives one,” Hunter said.
Gumm has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. She could spend up to life behind bars if she is convicted.
Police said that Gumm admitted she was responsible for the baby’s injuries. She is accused of violently slamming Rylan down on a table, causing the blunt force trauma that killed the baby, authorities said.
Gumm is due back in court Jan. 16.