Joy’s mother says she knew something was off when she tried to call the facility but could never reach her daughter.
"Joy called me every day of her life except for the day she was in jail," said Waguespack.
Waguespack claims she tried the Saturday and Sunday before Joy died and both times staff told her that her daughter was sleeping. She says the worst part of the entire ordeal is that she still does not know exactly what happened and when.
"That's exactly what it is, not knowing,” said Waguespack. “You just want to know what happened to your child... you really do."
WAFB’s Scottie Hunter asked if there is anything that would make the pain better.
Yeah, finding out what happened. It's not going to make it better though. It's not going to bring her back.
WAFB went looking for an explanation from staff at Seaside. After leaving several voice mails and even sending an email to the administrator at the facility, Thursday morning, an administrator said that they would not be able to comment on the case due to privacy laws.
WAFB’s Scottie Hunter asked Waguespack if she believes Seaside owes her an explanation.
"Absolutely," she said. "Because they've never given me a reason. They never told me what happened. I just want to know what happened."
An administrator confirmed to WAFB that Ketamine is not prescribed by their physicians and the drug is not even stocked at the facility.
A source close to the investigation told WAFB they believe a third party, not the hospital, gave Joy the drugs. Her mother, though, does not buy that explanation.
“No, I don’t believe that,” said Waguespack. “She had to get it from Seaside.”
While Waguespack may never know exactly what happened to her daughter, advocates say cases like this serve as a painful reminder of why more needs to be done to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“We tried... we tried... and it wasn't what we wanted and we thought we were really saving a life but it just made me realize that we still have more work to do," said Myles. "We're going to make sure her life is not in vain and this happens to no one else."
Myles and Waguespack say this case is just one more perfect example of why the Bridge Center must come online as quickly as possible.
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