FARMINGTON, New Mexico — A San Juan County prison has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit for the second time this year.
The Daily Times in Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/1L8AjGz) that Charles Carter filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and its contracted health care provider.
In the complaint, Carter says his brother, William "Billy" Carter," was denied a prescription inhaler before his Feb. 13 death.
Mitch Burns, the attorney representing Carter, says the 57-year-old inmate likely died from a respiratory issue.
Charles Carter is asking for compensatory and punitive damages and court-mandated changes in prison policy and training.
Billy Carter was being held on charges that he molested several children.
Tom Havel, a detention center administrator and co-defendant, said Friday he had no comment on the suit.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com