Hanging at St. Louis lockup went undiscovered for hours
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."