- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The children of a man who died of a heart attack in the Summit County jail are suing in federal court.

Denver attorney David Lane filed the lawsuit Monday against Summit County Sheriff John Minor and eight others on behalf of Zachary Moffitt’s children.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1DRZW8j ) that, according to Lane, Moffitt was arrested in July 2013 after he walked out of the Summit County Medical Center, where he had been checked in with a blood alcohol level of 0.392 percent, almost five times the legal limit.

He was arrested for violating the terms of a court order mandating sobriety.

The lawsuit says sometime over the next three days, Moffitt became ill and his pleas for help were ignored before his death.

Sheriff’s officials say they can’t comment on ongoing litigation but will vigorously defend themselves.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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