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Cuyahoga County settles inmate wrongful death lawsuit for $950K

Attorneys for the estate of 36-year-old Gregory Fox says the Council approved the settlement on Tuesday.
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This undated file photo shows the Cuyahoga County jail.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Council has agreed to pay the estate of an inmate who killed himself at the County jail $950,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Attorneys for the estate of 36-year-old Gregory Fox says the Cuyahoga County Council approved the settlement on Tuesday. 

The lawsuit filed last December by Fox's sister, Wendy, alleged that jail employees "failed to provide Gregory with necessary mental health care and medication and failed to take necessary steps to prevent his suicide,” according to a press release from the Estate. 

Fox was found unconscious hanging in his cell. He was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Hospital two days later. 

“Greg was a son, brother, and friend that we will never get back. Timely care in moments of a mental health crisis are critical," Fox's sister said in a statement. "Facilities such as Cuyahoga County Court and its jail system need to provide the consistency of care, monitoring, and communication that our citizens deserve. All of us need to be aware of and compassionate toward those who suffer from mental health challenges.”

Fox was the second inmate to die at the jail in four days. Nine inmates died there in 2018 and 2019.

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