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Former Cooper County jail workers charged with manslaughter turn themselves in, released on bond

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Two former Cooper County Jail workers who have been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter turned themselves into the Howard County Jail on Thursday night and were released on $7,500 bonds.

Robyn Pfeiffer, 29, and Rachel Atherton, 34, were charged in the death of Brooke Bailey.

Bailey was found dead on Oct. 27 in her cell with blood and vomit on the floor and on her clothing. Special prosecutors with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office filed the charges.

Both Atherton and Pfeiffer are accused of failing to get Bailey medical help and telling others not to do so, according to the complaints filed against them.

Representatives from the Howard County Jail said on Friday that both were in the jail for just a few minutes before posting bond.

Court documents say a medical examiner found Bailey died from diabetic ketoacidosis and low sodium levels. Bailey had told staff when she was booked that she had diabetes, along with other conditions. The probable cause statement says Bailey did not receive treatment when she complained of feeling ill and she became verbally nonresponsive to jailers.

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