Family files lawsuit in West Baton Rouge Parish jail death


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – A federal lawsuit blames the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office for a man’s death in the parish jail.

26-year-old Darius Craig was found dead in a cell in the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail last summer. His death was ruled a suicide. His family doesn’t believe it and filed a lawsuit in federal court.

“He was in fear of his life. Fast forward a mere two and a half hours later, our client is found unresponsive, hanging from the bunk bed of his jail cell,” family lawyer Ronald Haley Jr. said.

Craig was serving time for domestic abuse battery. That violated his parole in Texas.
The lawsuit states he was supposed to be released ten days before his death because he was never picked up on the parole violation.

The suit also questions a 40 minute gap between the time Craig was found in his cell and when Acadian Ambulance was called. It also states the ambulance’s reason for the call was assault or rape.

Haley explained, “The documents that we have, that’s been provided to us, just do not add up to this story. This is not one plus one equals two. This is more like algebra.”

A spokesperson for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office said they haven’t seen the lawsuit yet and couldn’t comment on it.

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