Missouri woman sues over husband’s death in jail

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MAYSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A woman is suing two northwest Missouri counties and several officials after her husband died after he was jailed.

Janet Harris of Maysville alleges in the lawsuit that the staff at the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail didn’t give her husband medical treatment for a lung infection while he was jailed for 25 days. Thirty-six-year-old Timothy Harris died in early June.

The jail’s administrator, Robert Gray, declined to comment on the pending litigation. He is one of 12 defendants, including both counties and their sheriffs.

Randy Sims, presiding commissioner of Daviess County, says he was told by jail administration that the staff did all it could to help Harris.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Harris, a convicted felon, was jailed after he tried to buy a rifle.

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  • Ben

    A convicted felon who tried to buy a rifle illegally, went to jail and got sick and died. End of story. The man didn’t make just one mistake, he made many and if he got sick and died in jail, tough luck. If you don’t commit crimes, you will not ever be faced with this problem. Now this wife wants the taxpayers from all over 2 counties to pay her for her husband’s crimes. Maybe they should run the stupid “B” out of the county and better yet, out of the country.

    • MaaK

      He was awaiting trial ,thirty six years old we don’t execute people in Missouri for this. I will say though the Lord tells us we have all sinned and are in need of forgiveness . Your compassion , you know the man died he has a wife and children you don’t know what happened .

  • derek

    I have served time in the DDCRJ for some small misdemeanor offenses. Regardless of what this man did or didn’t do, this jail is at fault. I can guarantee he picked up this infection due to the huge black mold problem in the facility (the mold is in every cell, tank, and room). The fact that they put him in the hole instead of the infirmary when he was sick is a huge injustice. Just because you commit a crime, does not make you ineligible to receive medical treatment. I hope the family gets a huge settlement

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