Woman Jumps To Death From Taxi After Leaving Hospital

| by Jordan Smith
Afroza ChowdhuryAfroza Chowdhury

Calls for an investigation into the suicide death of a 60-year-old woman in Antioch, California, on Apr. 4, 2015 are growing.

Afroza Chowdhury was taken to the hospital for a mental health examination after she threatened to kill herself, according to media reports.

Chowdhury’s comment suggesting she would commit suicide was made after her ex-husband allegedly threatened her with violence during an argument.

The police were called and Chowdhury’s ex-husband was taken into custody.

Chowdhury was evaluated at a local hospital, but after nothing of concern was found she was placed in a taxi that was headed to where she was threatened by her ex-husband.

She jumped to her death from the window of the vehicle as it traveled on the highway.

“I have a sister who lives back in Bangladesh, and obviously they’re asking me, ‘What kind of hospital releases a 60-year-old woman in the middle of the night?,'” Tony Ahmed, Chowdhury’s son, told San Jose Mercury News. “If I knew she was at the hospital, 100 percent me and my wife would have come and picked her up.”

Ahmed is now filing a claim against the City of Antioch and the hospital that treated his mother.

“(She was taken) back to the home where she was threatened?," Kathleen Krenic, executive director of the advocacy organization, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, told San Jose Mercury News. "None of that was looked at? I think the community needs to review this for ways the system could be improved.”

According to Chowdhury’s hospital records, which incorrectly refer to her ex-husband as her husband, she did not wish to remain at the medical center.

“[Chowdhury] states that she is very upset with her husband, but denied that she would ever kill herself over him,” a doctor wrote. “"She admits she was very upset when she endorsed suicidal thoughts to her husband and feels that it was an impulsive thing to say. ... (Chowdhury) reports feeling much better now (husband was taken into custody by police) and is requesting discharge home."

Krenic described the decision to return Chowdhury to the address where she had been put at risk as “negligence,” according to NBC News.

Ahmed plans to follow up his claim against the City of Antioch with a lawsuit.

“All they have to do is call somebody,” Ahmed told NBC News. “If they had called the right person, today my mom would be alive. Simple as that.”

Sources: San Jose Mercury News, NBC/ Photo credit: Family photo via San Jose Mercury News

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