Chappell, a Lousiville, Kentucky native, died after about two months in a Jackson County Jail in Indiana.
“Our team has been given the privilege of seeking truth and justice for the family of Ta’Neasha Chappell,” Louisville attorney Sam Aguiar wrote on social media.
Louisville lawyer Lonita Baker and well-known Florida lawyer Ben Crump were also retained to help the family get the answers and justice they are seeking.
Ta’Neasha Chappell was just 23 when she was transported to Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour, Indiana from the Jackson County jail almost two weeks ago. Chappell was being held there on charges related to alleged theft and high-speed chase.
Chappell’s family said that a detective called them to inform of her death and said that she had told jail personnel that she was feeling ill at which time, an ambulance was called. The family had received concerning phone calls from her over the past couple of months and they were worried.
So far, the only definitive information that the family has is that on July 15, Chappell had a fever high enough for jail personnel to continuously check on her and she was vomiting. However, emergency services were not called until a day later, according to The Tribune, a Seymour publication.
Attorney Baker also noted in a press conference that Chappell had alleged that inmates were placed in cells with sewage backup, denied medication, and women were only allowed three sanitary napkins per menstrual cycle.
The Indiana State Police are still awaiting autopsy and toxicology results. Meanwhile, Chappell’s family, which includes a 10-year-old daughter, Naveah, deserves to know what happened in their loved one’s final hours.
Aguiar, Baker, and Crump secured a $12 million settlement for Breonna Taylor’s family in 2020.