Mother of Joplin man sues over jail suicide
CARTHAGE (AP) - The mother of a 26-year-old Joplin man who claims her son's suicide in a Carthage jail was captured on video surveillance filed a federal lawsuit accusing Carthage police and the city of negligence.
Charles Roderique died in August 2013 after hanging himself in his cell.
The Joplin Globe reports the wrongful death lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield on behalf of Roderique's mother, Patricia, said authorities failed to take precautions although they knew Roderique was mentally ill.
The lawsuit said surveillance video shows Roderique twisting his bedsheet into a ligature and hanging himself several minutes later without jailers noticing.
Police Chief Greg Dagnan said the lawsuit account leaves out several details and that department policies were followed. He said he could not discuss the case further.