Unlawful death claim alleges that the staff failed to provide the inmate with prompt medical attention

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The widow of a man who died in the San Diego Central Jail earlier this year has filed a lawsuit alleging that prison staff failed to provide her husband with immediate medical attention and should have taken him to a hospital instead. to reserve him. in custody.

Tammy Wilson claims her husband, Omar Moreno Arroyo, 33, was apparently under the influence of drugs and had a heart condition that the sheriff’s deputy was aware of when he was arrested on the morning of Jan. 6, according to the trial filed Tuesday in San. Diego Federal Court, which names San Diego County, Sheriff Bill Gore, a prison nurse and the deputy who reserved Arroyo in custody as a defendant.

While in a jail cell, Arroyo was strangled to death in a face mask less than a day after his arrest.

In a statement, Sheriff’s Lieutenant Amber Baggs said: “The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department strives to provide the safest care for people entering our prisons, and we are saddened that Mr. Arroyo died while being treated in our prison at the beginning of this year. We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mr Arroyo’s wife and family. “

In March, the department issued a statement indicating that the county medical office ruled that Arroyo died of accidental suffocation, with acute methamphetamine poisoning as a contributing factor.

On the morning of January 6, Wilson called 911 after Arroyo began exhibiting bizarre behavior. According to the trial, he was “under the influence of methamphetamine and behaving in a paranoid and irrational way: looking under the bed, in the closet and using a drill to make holes in the floor and walls of their home.”

Wilson claims that when Arroyo was transported to the San Diego Central Jail, the detainee did not inform staff that he had a heart condition that required daily medication or that he was suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

Wilson further claims that prison staff did not respond in a timely manner to initiate life-saving measures after Arroyo began being strangled and exhibited “seizure-like activity” in the cell.

Arroyo was due to be released from custody on January 6 shortly after being indicted. Wilson, who was waiting outside the jail to pick him up, was, according to the trial, first informed of his death around 6 p.m. 5 in the morning of January 7, almost six hours after his death.

The sheriff’s department has been investigated for a large number of remand prisoners in San Diego County jails, which has led to several lawsuits filed over the past few years.

Earlier this month, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office also announced charges against a former nurse at Santee Las Colinas Prison. Danalee Pascua, 36, faces involuntary manslaughter for allegedly failing to provide adequate medical care to a 24-year-old woman who died in prison in late 2019.

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