Arrested for stealing $5.05 of sweets and soda, a 24-year-old who doctors repeatedly diagnosed as psychotic and delusional was left to essentially starve to death over four months in a squalid Virginia jail cell, Jamycheal Mitchell's aunt alleged in a federal lawsuit.
By the time Mitchell died in August -- officially, of a heart condition "accompanying wasting syndrome of unknown etiology" -- jail staff had allegedly denied him many meals, cut off the water to his cell and left him naked with no bedding or shoes as he smeared feces on the window of his urine-covered cell, the lawsuit states, citing numerous inmates who served time with Mitchell.
Mitchell lost about 40 pounds during his time in jail, documents say. A medical examiner said he was "nearly cachectic," meaning his weight loss could not be reversed via nutrition.
Wasting syndrome and cachectic are terms most often used with sufferers of chronic disease such as cancer and AIDS.
"He was unrecognizable -- that's how bad it was. He was unrecognizable. There's something that has to be done," his aunt, Roxanne Adams, told CNN affiliate WTKR. "[He was] probably about 90 pounds and looked 70 years old."
Inmates said they pleaded with guards to help Mitchell during his stay, but their pleas were ignored or disregarded, according to the lawsuit.
"As long as he doesn't die on my watch," one inmate recalled being told.
За кражу товаров на 5 долларов, психически неуравновешенный чувак (биполярный синдром, вялотекущая шизофрения, умственная отсталость) 24 лет от роду попал в тюрягу, где он умер от ГОЛОДА. Заморили насмерть. Он похудел за несколько месяцев на 20 кило и у него началось необратимое истощение. Плюс ему отключили в клетке воду и оставили голым на голой же кровати. Взрослый мужик весом в 40 килограмм выглядел как 70-летний старик. Прочие сидельцы просили охрану сделать что-то, что б помочь бедолгае, но их просто проигнорировали. Интересн ответ охраны: лишь бы не помер во время моей смены.
А почему? Никто не хотел связываться с чуваком у котрого острый психоз. Ничего личного. Деньги с государства собрали, а потом - да хоть трава не расти.