An Atlanta man was discovered lifeless inside a squalid jail cell after being “eaten alive” by bugs and mattress bugs, an lawyer representing the sufferer’s household alleged.
In keeping with Guardian, Lashawn Thompson’s household is looking for a legal investigation into the sufferer’s demise and for closure and alternative of the native jail.
Thompson was arrested on a misdemeanour cost and jailed in Fulton County. He was later moved to the facility’s psychiatric unit after officers decided he had psychological points however was bodily fantastic.
Three months after being arrested, the sufferer was discovered lifeless in a grimy cell which was lined in grime and bugs. In keeping with Washington Submit, the cell was so soiled that an worker wore a security swimsuit earlier than getting into.
“They left him there primarily,” mentioned Michael Harper, a lawyer representing the Thompson household, to Insider.
“And so they had the plan to take him to the medical remark unit, however their plan by no means occurred, they usually discovered him lifeless, eaten by these mattress bugs.”
The sufferer’s household was unaware of his arrest and solely obtained to know once they obtained the information about his demise, reported Washington Submit.
The post-mortem revealed that the sufferer had an “extraordinarily extreme” infestation of small bugs on his physique and there was a “extreme mattress bug infestation” in his cell.
He additionally had cuts and wounds alongside his physique from choosing his pores and skin, as per the report.
“It was heartbreaking as a result of no person needs to be seen like that. No one ought to see that,” mentioned Thompson’s brother after seeing the images of his brother.
An investigation has been initiated into the demise of the 35-year-old man, nevertheless, the household mentioned that extra wanted to be achieved so as to enhance the jail situations.