PROSSER, Wash. – A Pasco man has filed a claim seeking $5 million for the death of his son in the Benton County Jail.
The Tri-City Herald reports Miguel Moreno, father of 18-year-old Marc Moreno, filed the claim Nov. 29, notifying the county that the family intends to sue.
The claim says the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Benton County Office of Public Defense are responsible for the teen’s death March 11.
The man died eight days after his arrest on warrants for minor offenses during a mental health crisis. The claim argues the county should have been aware of Moreno’s mental health issues and failed to come to his aid.
The Benton County Coroner ruled Moreno’s death was caused by cardiac arrhythmia and dehydration following apparent use of synthetic cannabinoids and subsequent incarceration. The manner of death was ruled an accident.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.