A man incarcerated at Fulton County Jail’s met an untimely demise after being attacked and consumed by bedbug infestation within his jail cell after an autopsy was taken.
According to the family’s attorney, Ben Crump, Mr. Thompson suffered from over 1,000 bites, and insects were discovered in his mouth, ears, nose, and throughout his body.
The incident has sent shockwaves through both the inmate population and the prison administration, raising concerns about the living conditions and safety of detainees.
“Untreated schizophrenia, poor living conditions, and severe body insect infestation”, his family’s lawyer said.
Amid an internal investigation into the incident, three staff members at Fulton County Jail have tendered their resignations.
After an independent autopsy conducted by Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr., a former chief medical examiner in Washington, DC, disturbing details have emerged regarding the death of Mr. Lashawn Thompson in Fulton County Jail’s psychiatric wing last September.
Dr. Mitchell’s findings revealed that Mr. Thompson’s untimely demise was a result of severe neglect, exacerbated by untreated schizophrenia, deplorable living conditions, lack of proper grooming, extensive and severe body insect infestation, dehydration, and rapid weight loss.
The 35-year-old had been transferred to the Fulton County Jail’s psychiatric wing due to officials recognizing his mental illness.
Tragically, he was discovered unresponsive on September 13th, approximately three months after his initial arrest in June.
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These distressing revelations have heightened concerns about the conditions and treatment provided to mentally ill inmates within the facility. The case has raised questions about the adequacy of mental health services and the overall well-being of detainees in the jurisdiction.
The circumstances surrounding Mr. Thompson’s death demand a comprehensive investigation into the policies, practices, and oversight within Fulton County Jail.
The resignation of three staff members amid the internal investigation further underscores the need for accountability and transparency.
Public scrutiny and calls for reform are intensifying as the community seeks justice for Mr. Thompson and seeks reassurance that similar incidents will be prevented in the future.
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The tragic loss of a vulnerable individual highlights the urgent need to address mental health care and ensure humane treatment for inmates within the correctional system.
The online community was outraged when photographs depicting Mr. Thompson’s body covered in insects circulated widely.
Dr. Mitchell, in his post-mortem toxicology report, revealed that there was no trace of the medication prescribed to Mr. Thompson for his schizophrenia.
Furthermore, he classified the manner of death as “homicide.”
These disturbing details have only added to the shock and anger surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Thompson’s tragic demise.