Lawsuit: Ramsey County deputies restricted woman's breathing on 2020 medical call

Deputies allegedly repeatedly said Nekeya Moody was "playing possum" after she went unresponsive


February 16, 2023

Nekeya Moody

The family of a 37-year-old mother of five who died after a medical call with Ramsey County deputies is alleging in a wrongful death lawsuit that deputies restricted her breathing and doubted her worsening condition as she was restrained.

Nekeya Tamara Moody died Feb. 10, 2020, four days after Ramsey County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call where Moody was described as having a panic attack and seizure. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on Jan. 30 on behalf of Moody's mother, Myia Angela Standberry, names deputies Steven Eddicus and Joe Stradinger in addition to the county as defendants.

Spokespeople for Ramsey County and the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said they would not comment on pending litigation.


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