Lawyer: Rhode Island Man Suffered Brain Injury In Police Custody
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is being treated for a traumatic brain injury after being arrested at the Twin River Casino earlier this month, the man’s attorney said Monday.
No one has explained how 41-year-old Daniel Finn was injured, said attorney Mark Dana.
Dana told The Associated Press that Finn, of Pawtucket, is in a medically induced coma. He’s in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Rhode Island Hospital, he said.
“Nobody knows if he’s going to survive yet,” Dana said.
Finn has undergone at least one surgery, Dana said. He said Finn developed a blood clot in his brain, has brain swelling, a black eye and has come down with pneumonia.
Dana said he does not know how Finn was injured. Lincoln police and Town Solicitor Anthony DeSisto refused to say what happened prior to Finn’s hospitalization.
Lincoln police said they arrested Finn at the casino around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. He was later transported to the Lincoln Police Department for booking where police say an “incident” occurred and Finn was transported to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Finn was taken to the station around 11 p.m. and the ambulance picked him up about 2 ½ hours later, Dana said.
He said Finn was at Landmark briefly before being transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. Finn’s family was first alerted by a call from Rhode Island Hospital seeking consent to conduct emergency surgery, Dana said.
A hospital spokeswoman did not immediately return a message on Monday.
No criminal charges have been filed against Finn, Dana said. He said he doesn’t know if police completed the booking process. A Twin River spokeswoman declined comment.
Dana said Finn has no criminal background. He said Finn recently became certified as a pharmacy technician and was looking for work in that field. Finn has been married for five years, Dana said.
Authorities said Lincoln police and state police are investigating.
Dana said he has asked police to preserve all records related to the matter.
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