- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The family of an inmate who died in a Tuscaloosa jail last year has filed a federal lawsuit against jail staff and officials.

News outlets report that the family is accusing the jail staff of ignoring 49-year-old Phillip David Anderson’s pleas for medical attention during his incarceration.

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, claims that staff stood idly by and watched as Anderson suffered from a duodenal ulcer.

Anderson had been arrested in Feb. 2015. According to the lawsuit, Anderson was unable to eat during the week he was incarcerated and he had asked for medical attention.

Attorney David Schoen says Anderson was eventually taken to a hospital where he died.

County Attorney Robert Spence didn’t comment on the lawsuit, saying the county normally doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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