- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The family of a Virginia inmate who sought emergency medical help days before he died has filed a more than $40 million federal lawsuit against the jail.

Henry Stewart died in August days after filing an emergency grievance form saying he had blacked out twice in less than 24 hours and couldn’t hold down food or water.

The lawsuit says Stewart’s repeated requests for aid were either ignored or he received substandard care. The medical examiner ruled Stewart died as the result of a perforated gastric ulcer.

Stewart died at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which is the same facility where a mentally ill inmate died in 2015 after being jailed on charges he stole $5 worth of junk food. The jail is under FBI investigation.

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