Lawsuit: St. Joseph County sheriff’s office negligent in inmate death

A federal lawsuit accuses a northern Indiana sheriff’s department of negligence after an inmate who allegedly was suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms killed himself.

The South Bend Tribune reports Raymond McCarty was arrested Feb. 21, 2018, and was held at a St. Joseph County jail medical unit. The lawsuit says McCarty told jail staff he usually took medications for depression, blood pressure and back pain — including an opioid — but he didn’t get them while jailed.

The lawsuit on behalf of McCarty’s estate says he allegedly had withdrawal symptoms and hallucinations. The newspaper says McCarty died Feb. 25, 2018, after being found unresponsive with a cut to his arm.

Sheriff Bill Redman said in a statement his office takes the matter “very seriously” and lawyers for the sheriff’s office will respond “based on all the evidence.”

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