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Lawsuit: Deputies ignored dying inmate's pleas

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago June 28, 2013 Jun 28, 2013 Friday, June 28 2013 June 28, 2013 9:28 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Family members of an inmate who died of a ruptured ulcer in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

The suit claims deputies ignored his declining health and pleas for medical attention.

The sheriff's office has said 40-year-old Daniel Christian Melton, of Denham Springs, had complained of stomach pain in the hours before he was found dead in his cell Nov. 3.

A spokeswoman for Gautreaux said sheriff's officials had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.

An autopsy showed Melton died from a perforated peptic ulcer, a tear in the stomach lining that allows gastric juices to leach into the abdominal cavity.


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