April 23, 2024
Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. Photograph by way of @EvaKnott Twitter

 A federal decide dominated this week that San Diego County should flip over a trove of inner data concerning its in-custody deaths to attorneys representing the household of a girl who died on the Las Colinas jail in Santee.

The order from U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide David D. Leshner granted a movement from the household of 24-year-old Elisa Serna, whose demise can be the topic of a felony prosecution towards a health care provider and nurse on the East County jail.

Within the household’s lawsuit towards the county, they sought the Inside Affairs investigation file associated to Serna’s demise, in addition to 35 stories from the sheriff’s division Crucial Incident Overview Board, which critiques “vital incidents” equivalent to in-custody deaths and whether or not any violations of division coverage occurred.

Leshner dominated that the county should present 33 of the 35 stories Serna’s household sought. Of these stories, all relate to inmate deaths, however the two Leshner didn’t order produced relate to inmates killed by different inmates.

County attorneys argued the data have been protected beneath attorney-client privilege and additional “are neither related nor proportional to the wants of the case regardless of any privilege.”

Leshner dominated the data have been related to the plaintiffs’ claims that the county engaged in a observe of not correctly caring for the welfare of inmates. The county should produce the data by subsequent Wednesday, in line with the order.

To date, 11 individuals have died in San Diego County jails this 12 months and the county continues to face scrutiny for the variety of in-custody deaths at its jail services.

Serna’s Nov. 11, 2019 demise led to involuntary manslaughter expenses towards Dr. Friederike Von Lintig and nurse Danalee Pascua, who prosecutors allege have been negligent of their take care of Serna.

Serna was pronounced lifeless shortly after she collapsed in her cell within the jail’s medical commentary unit. Prosecutors allege Serna’s withdrawal signs and declining situation have been ignored and that quick, mandatory medical consideration was not supplied after she fell.

Von Lintig and Pascua, who’re additionally defendants within the civil swimsuit, resist 4 years in state jail if convicted within the felony case.

–Metropolis Information Service