A Kansas City woman in court for arraignment suffered seizures in a Buchanan County courtroom Thursday morning.
Kimberly Smith-Bodziak was arraigned without an attorney before Judge Daniel Kellogg on bad check charges. She was waiting to be returned to the county jail when a court marshall, Deputy Brian Gross, along with some fellow detainees, noticed her having difficulty breathing.
She was not responsive when Gross tended to her. He contacted a jail nurse, and while they waited, he and Deputy Velda King-Mays tended to her, holding her upright and speaking quietly to her. Judge Kellogg left the courtroom to get a wheel chair. When the jail nurse, Annie Slagle, arrived, she placed a wet paper towel to the back of Smith-Bodziak’s neck, which prompted an audible response, the first since her seizures began.
The nurse and deputies lifted her up and placed her in the wheelchair. She was taken back to the county jail where Slagle was expected to continue her assessment, and possible treatment or transport.
Sheriff Bill Puett said later that Smith-Bodziak was back in jail and is fine.