April 16, 2024
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The household of a person who died of an overdose on the San Diego Central Jail final yr filed a federal wrongful dying lawsuit Tuesday towards San Diego County.

The household of 31-year-old Chaz Man Younger-Villasenor alleges that different inmates supplied him with methamphetamine and fentanyl, resulting in his dying on Might 5, 2022, sooner or later after his arrest on suspicion of theft and a restraining order violation.

Villasenor, who was recognized by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division as Leonel Villasenor, was discovered unresponsive in a holding cell on the night of Might 5. Naloxone was administered and CPR was carried out by jail workers and paramedics, however Villasenor died a short while later, in accordance with the division.

His household’s lawsuit states that Villasenor “went into critical and apparent medical extremis in his jail cell” and jail workers watched Villasenor collapse and “grovel on his jail cell flooring for a number of hours.”

The lawsuit additionally alleges that jail workers have been conscious that inmates had been distributing medicine and failed to stop such substances from being introduced into the jail and distributed among the many inmates.

Villasenor was amongst 19 individuals who died in San Diego County jails final yr. Eleven have died to this point in 2023.

Earlier this yr, the San Diego County Grand Jury really useful that scanning know-how be extra totally carried out throughout the county’s detention services with a view to curb the stream of medication into the jails.

The speed of in-custody deaths at San Diego County jails is among the many highest within the state, and in accordance with analysis cited within the Grand Jury’s report, 89% of county jail deaths between 2010 and 2020 have been drug overdoses.

–Metropolis Information Service