'I plan on suing for my daughter's life,' says mother of dead Winnipeg inmate

A Manitoba woman is demanding answers after her daughter who was in custody in Winnipeg, fell ill and died last week.
Hollie Hall was in custody when she was taken off of life support on March 17. (Gerri Hall)

A Manitoba woman is demanding answers after her daughter who was in custody in Winnipeg, fell ill and died last week. 

Gerri Hall says she plans to sue the province of Manitoba after having to take her daughter off life support on Thursday.

"Most mothers have their daughters to take care of them as they get older. I am getting older and my daughter will not be there," said Hall.

Hollie Hall's mother Gerri Hall and stepfather Dan Kane said they plan on hiring a lawyer and suing over their daughter's death. (Jillian Taylor)
Hall said she is in the process of finding a lawyer to file a lawsuit against whoever had contact with her daughter prior to her death, including Manitoba Justice.

"Doctors said if she was brought in two weeks earlier, she would have survived," said her stepfather, Dan Kane.

"Why did they wait so long? I don't understand how can people be so heartless," said Hall.

Manitoba's Chief Medical Examiner will call an inquest into the 38-year-old's death because she died while in custody.

Hall said her daughter was taken off of life support on March 17, four days after being admitted to St. Boniface Hospital from the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Hollie Hall would have turned 39 on Wednesday. Her mother said she has been in and out of jail since she was a teen. (Facebook)
She said her daughter had pneumonia and doctors said she also contracted an airborne illness that got into her blood stream.

She said her daughter had been sick for some time but was afraid to go to the hospital because there was a warrant out for her arrest for breaching a no contact order.

"She was in and out of prison," said Hall. "It was just petty things. I didn't agree with what she did, but I still loved my daughter. She was still my baby."

A life of tragedy

Gerri Hall said her daughter is the third child she has buried. She lost a son when he was four-years-old and another son who drowned. 

"The grief I have been through in my life, it has made me a stronger person," she said. "But having my baby die; I feel so helpless. That is how I feel now. They have taken my girl away from me."

Hall has also buried two of her brothers, the homeless hero Faron Hall, and Wilson Hall, who died while living on the street and the family wasn't notified.


Jillian Taylor

CBC Reporter

Jillian Taylor has been with CBC Manitoba since 2012 and has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years. She was born and raised in Manitoba and is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation. In 2014, she was awarded the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's travel bursary, which took her to Australia to work with Indigenous journalists. Find her on Twitter: @JillianLTaylor