Mother of dead inmate suing San Juan County jail, hospital

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – The mother of an inmate who died at a San Juan County prison is suing the medical staff that cared for him.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported Saturday that an attorney for Olga Salazar filed a complaint, saying the March 3 death of Jesus Marquez was caused by negligent medical care.

The county, a jail administrator, jail medical directors and a nurse are also named in the suit.

Salazar is asking for monetary damages and court-mandated changes in jail procedures.

The complaint argues San Juan Regional Medical Center staff ignored repeated requests for someone to check on Marquez, who was diabetic.

It alleges a nurse then didn’t take Marquez’s condition seriously.

Medical center spokesman Haroon Ahmad says the hospital will “vigorously defend” itself.

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