Judge Orders Investigation of Nurse's Allegations

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge orders the U.S. attorney's office to ``fully investigate'' a jailed Kansas nurse's allegations of unfair and cruel treatment at the Butler County jail.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Monday issued the ruling in response to an emergency motion filed by attorneys for Linda Schneider.

Schneider claims she was put in solitary confinement for two weeks for having a hair tie. She says she received the tie from the jail's nurse so she could keep her hair off her neck, where she had an infection from a possible centipede bite.

Schneider has been in prison since her arrest nearly a year ago. She faces trial in February on charges she and her physician husband operated a so-called pill mill in Haysville.

A hearing is scheduled for next Monday on the abuse allegations.

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