Hanging at St. Louis lockup went undiscovered for hours

2 months 1 day 10 hours ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:31:53 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Records show that the body of an inmate who hanged himself at a St. Louis halfway house remained undiscovered for hours while corrections employees streamed movies and skipped security checks.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that it obtained an abridged portion of an inspector general's report into the October death of 41-year-old David Garceau through an open records request.

Surveillance video that was reviewed as part of the investigation showed that workers weren't checking on the man even while filling out a log claiming they had.

Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe declined through a spokesman to comment. But she said earlier this year in a news release that she was "concerned about the circumstances" and vowed to take action "swiftly against responsible staff."

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