- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The family of a woman who hanged herself in a Jones County jail last year is suing several county officials.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1SHBnW2 ) that the family of 41-year-old Tana Lekin, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The lawsuit accuses officials of failing to recognize signs that Lekin was suicidal.

Lekin was being held on several charges, including second-degree burglary and public intoxication, when she died.

An attorney for Lekin’s family, David O’Brien of Cedar Rapids, says the sheriff’s office has denied his requests for jail video, booking sheets and medical screening forms while Lekin was in custody. O’Brien says the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation also has refused to turn over video, medical and toxicology reports or its findings in the case.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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