A former Heard County athlete was seriously injured December 23, 2012 while incarcerated at the Jack T. Bell Detention Center in Carroll County.
Kevin Kidd, a 20-year-old male, suffered a severe shoulder and arm injury while working in the jail laundry room as a trustee. His right arm was pulled into the industrial sized washing machine after the power had stopped but the machine inside was still turning.
In a phone interview, Captain Shane Taylor of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office called the incident an unfortunate accident. “The machines are large and once they cut off they still rotate for a minute or two before coming to a complete stop. He reached into the machine before it had stopped,” stated Taylor .
Taylor said that no other inmates or jail workers were in the laundry room at the time, but that the incident was caught on video tape by security monitors. He added that inmates are familiarized with the equipment and that instructions are posted near the machines.
Kidd was transported to Tanner Medical Center before later being moved to Atlanta Medical Center for more extensive treatment.
His mother, Tammy Jenkins, stated that her son suffered a broken bone which required surgery involving the insertion of a metal plate with several pins and screws.
The injury required 41 staples to close up after the surgery.
Kidd was jailed for a probation violation, entering an auto, criminal trespass, and theft by receiving. He is currently out on bond and recuperating at home.
Kidd was a standout wrestler and cross county athlete at Heard High School and currently resides in Carrollton.