Inmate Manuel Anthony Vasquez Died At Monterey County Jail In Apparent Suicide After Hanging Himself
MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2019) – A 48-year-old jail inmate identified as Manuel Anthony Vasquez has tragically died following a suicide at the Monterey County jail.
The sister of the victim told reporters that he was discovered in his cell around 9:30 p.m. He was transported to the Natividad hospital where he was later taken off life-support.
Manuel Anthony Vasquez suffered from schizophrenia and was regularly placed on suicide watch. An investigation into his death remains ongoing at this point.
Liability For Inmate Suicides
Jail’s have a constitutional duty to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare. This includes taking measures to prevent inmate suicides. A jail may face civil liability for an inmate suicide if they showed “deliberate indifference” to the prospect that an inmate would kill them self. For example, if an inmate was having suicidal thoughts and jail staff failed to care for the inmate they could face civil liability.
The family members of the victim that died may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death action. Damages in a wrongful death claim can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After An Inmate Death
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Manuel Anthony Vasquez. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Had the victim been placed on suicide watch this may never have happened. It is our sincere hope that the Monterey County jail will take steps to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
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