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Two Irving Jail employees fired in connection to inmate's death

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Two jail shift supervisors at the Irving Jail were fired Friday in connection to a recent inmate's death, police say.

The fired employees had been on paid leave since Nov. 19. In addition to the firings, two detention officers received reprimands and two others received counseling.

The firings are related to the Nov. 3, 2013 death of 37-year-old Sarah Tibbetts, an insulin-dependent diabetic. In December, it was announced that an investigation was underway into Sarah's death.

Sarah and her boyfriend had been arrested at an Irving hotel, and the license plate of the car they were in came back with a missing person hit.

Sarah's mother, Rebecca Tibbetts, lives in California and said that she got a call on Nov. 2, a day after her daughter had been arrested, from an officer asking her to bring insulin for Sarah to the jail.

"I said, ‘I live in California; she's in Texas,'" said Rebecca. "'There's no way I can bring up insulin.' Asked me if I knew of anybody who could get it up there. I said, ‘No, I don't,' but I told them at that time she was an insulin-dependent diabetic and she needed her insulin or she would die without it."

The next day, Sarah collapsed and died.

Rebecca said it wasn't the first time the jail called her, making the same request. Sarah had been arrested before for crimes including drug possession and trespassing.

"She's been in there in the past," said Rebecca. "I have received that phone call in the past from them before too…[those times,] I believe they either sent her to the hospital or sent her to Dallas. It was one of the two, but they did send her to where she could get treatment."

The Irving Police Department says it has given all information related to Sarah's death to the Dallas County District Attorney.

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