The Latest: CEO: Hospital will cooperate with investigation

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Posted: Dec 23, 2015 5:56 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest news on the death of a Florida woman after being forcibly removed from a hospital by police. (All times Eastern Standard Time):

4:45 p.m.

The CEO of Calhoun Liberty Hospital says officials will cooperate with state authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Florida woman who collapsed as police forcibly removed her from the hospital. Ruth Attaway made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday. Attaway refused to answer why hospital staff called Blountstown Police early Monday morning to remove 57-year-old Barbara Dawson.

Attaway said the only time hospital staff ask police to remove patients is when there is a concern about other patients' safety.

Dawson collapsed while being escorted in handcuffs to a police car. She was readmitted to the hospital, and later died.

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1:05 p.m.

Police say a Florida woman who collapsed after police arrested her for refusing to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her died from a blood clot in her lung.

Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory said in a statement Wednesday that the medical examiner's office in Panama City found that 57-year-old Barbara Dawson died from blood clots due to being excessively overweight.

The autopsy report, police report and dashcam footage of the incident have not been released.

Police say Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went for treatment for breathing difficulties. She was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing when she refused to leave.

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8:55 a.m.

Autopsy results are expected to be released in the death of a woman who refused to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her and collapsed when police arrested and forcibly removed her.

Blountstown police Chief Mark Mallory says 57-year-old Barbara Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she sought treatment for breathing trouble. Mallory says an officer arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Mallory says he expects autopsy results to be released Wednesday. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Steve Arthur says the department has been called in to investigate.

Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks is representing Dawson's family. He says doctors thought Dawson was stable and should be released but that she felt as if she still had breathing issues and wanted to stay.