Suit: Care lacking for inmate who died of water poisoning

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 7, 2015 at 4:10 a.m.



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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 (http://bit.ly/1F02iES ) 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.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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