Orange County supervisors Tuesday voted to approve a settlement with the parents of a 26-year-old man who died in the Orange County Jail five years ago.
Nader Nagy and Magda Giwargi, the father and mother of Beter Nashed, filed suit in 2015 over the Oct. 7, 2014, in-custody death of their son.
The supervisors voted unanimously, with Supervisor Andrew Do absent, to approve the settlement, with the terms yet to be publicly released.
A hearing is scheduled Jan. 8 in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to formally dismiss the case, according to court records.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office in July 2015 found no criminal wrongdoing in Nashed’s death. According to that report, he had suffered from liver disease since he was 5.
Nashed’s mother took him to a hospital on Sept. 7, 2014, when he said he had pain on his left side and was vomiting blood, according to the D.A.s report. He was discharged from the hospital and was due to follow up with a doctor in a couple of days.
On Sept. 9, 2014, Nashed, who was on probation, was arrested when his sister called his probation officer to report he had been acting so oddly that their landlord wanted him out of the residence and that she suspected he was abusing narcotics, according to the D.A.’s findings.
Nashed had failed to attend anger management classes mandated under terms of his probation, so he was arrested by Anaheim police.
Nashed’s parents told officers about his liver problems, and Nashed told jail staff in Anaheim about his medical history, so it was decided he was better off in the Orange County Jail system, according to the D.A.’s office.
Nashed remained in jail until Sept. 26, 2014, when he was taken to the jail’s medical ward. On Sept. 28, 2014, he was found unresponsive in his bunk and taken to a hospital.
Nashed was taken back to the jail later that day, but fell ill again the next day and was taken back to a hospital, where he remained until he died.
The family’s lawsuit, however, alleged that jail personnel “carelessly and recklessly” handled Nashed, “dropping him or causing him to fall and causing him to hit his head.” He sustained a “chronic subdural hemotoma” and lost consciousness “contributing to the deterioration of his health,” the lawsuit alleged.
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