Lawsuit Filed After Teen Dies in Georgia Jail Because Officials Thought He Was Faking Symptoms
In a heartbreaking story, 17 year old Georgia teen Fabian Avery III died after officials in a local jail ignored his deteriorating health. The teen was in solitary confinement in a Pelham, Georgia jail when he began complaining of symptoms that should have prompted medical attention. Instead, his symptoms were largely ignored, and now Avery’s mother is suing the the city and its police department.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
Fabian Avery III weighed 153 pounds when he was transferred from the Fulton County jail in late February 2011 to alleviate overcrowding. The 17-year-old was found dead nearly a month later in an isolation cell at the Mize Street Municipal jail in the south Georgia town of Pelham, his 6-foot-1-inch frame shriveled to 108 pounds, according to reports…
Avery died of appendicitis and complications from a bowel obstruction, according to investigative documents compiled by the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation]. ….
The complaint claims that Avery first reported being ill on Feb. 24, 2011 and was given minimal attention. While he complained of nausea, stomach pains, vomiting and lower back pains, as well as frequently vomiting and defecating on himself, the lawsuit claims jail staff did little to help get Avery the necessary care…
Avery had complained of defecating on himself, nausea, and stomach pains, but was only given minimal care. He was found dead on a mattress on the floor on the morning of March 18.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the GBI’s investigation found that the teen had been placed in a hole after he began defecating on himself. The jail’s nurse reportedly “suggested that Avery might have been faking some of his symptoms,” despite the fact that he was rapidly losing weight.
The attorney for the city describes the situation as “unfortunate”.
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