70-year-old arrested after refusing to leave daughter’s side at Florida hospital

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(Courtesy: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – A 70-year-old former Ohio deputy was arrested and banned from a Florida hospital after refusing to leave her daughter’s bedside.


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According to an arrest and booking report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Amber Savage refused to leave UF Health North on Oct. 4 after visiting hours ended.

Savage’s daughter was recovering from surgery at the time.

Savage said she understood why police were called to issue a trespass warning, but “stated she would have to be removed by force.”

The report said Savage, a 20-year retired deputy with Ohio’s Stark County Sheriff’s Office, was cooperative when placed under arrest but refused to leave the hospital “on the principle that if something happen[ed] to her daughter, she was forced to leave her side.”

She was banned from the property for one year.

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