Suit: Care lacking for inmate who died of water poisoning

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IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the Michigan Department of Corrections says staff did not do enough to help an inmate who died of water poisoning in April 2014.

The Grand Rapids Press ( ) reports the corrections department is being sued by the family of 40-year-old Kenneth Dalstra. The lawsuit says he died at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia after drinking large amounts of water due to a compulsion to consume liquids sometimes seen in people with mental health issues.

According to the lawsuit, Dalstra had "full-blown schizophrenia" and was mentally instable in the days leading up to his death. The suit claims staff "acted with deliberate indifference" to his health.

A corrections department spokesman declined to comment and said the agency had not been served with the lawsuit.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press,

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