The family of an inmate who killed himself in his jail cell is suing Los Angeles County and its sheriff, alleging jail staff knew he suffered from mental issues and denied him proper care.
Mark Carrillo, a 38-year-old Baldwin Park resident, was being held at the Men’s Central Jail on a probation violation when he should have been housed at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which has medical facilities to treat inmates with mental issues, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman said the department had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, which alleges wrongful death and violation of civil rights.
The county, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and unnamed Sheriff’s Department deputies and jail staff are named as defendants.
According to the complaint, filed on behalf of Carrillo’s widow, Marlene Orozco, and their five children, Carrillo had a history of mental illness, including schizophrenia and suicide attempts, and prior psychiatric hospitalizations and incarceration at the Twin Towers.
During his time at MCJ from Dec. 23 last year until his suicide by hanging one month later, the defendants “knew or should have known that (Carrillo) was experiencing delusions and paranoia and he was not taking his medication,” the suit alleges.
At MCJ, Carrillo “was placed in general population and just prior to his (Jan. 23) death, he was moved into a single-man cell within MCJ, where (he) had no additional monitoring or supervision,” the lawsuit alleges.