The family is asking for $5 million in damages over the death of Marilyn Mowan, saying jail staff did not follow proper protocol to protect her.
The family of an Everett woman who died in the Snohomish County Jail in 2014 filed a $5 million wrongful death and civil rights claim against the county Tuesday, alleging jail staff failed to protect her.
Marilyn Mowan, 62, of Everett, committed suicide in the jail on Sept. 23, 2014, by drinking a lethal amount of water, according to a news release from the Law Offices of James S. Rogers, a Seattle-based law firm that represents individuals or families who allege wrongful injury or death.
The family’s attorney, Cheryl Snow, says relatives also seek reforms in how the sheriff’s office investigates employee conduct after inmate deaths, The (Everett) Herald reports.
Snow also represented the family of Michael Saffioti, according to the news agency, who received a total of $2.4 million in a settlement over his death from medical complications while at the same jail in July 2012.
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Jason Cummings, Snohomish County chief civil deputy prosecutor, said the county is still reviewing the Mowan family claim and could not comment, according to the Herald.
Thirteen inmates died at the jail between 2010 and 2014, the news agency reports.