SALT LAKE CITY — The husband of a woman who died in the Weber County Jail has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in federal court.

A state medical examiner’s report attributed the woman’s death to narcotics withdrawal and dehydration.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/2fgvfZr ) that the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court claims Weber County, Sheriff Terry Thompson and 20 unnamed jailers and medical personnel were negligent when 40-year-old Marion Herrera was incarcerated.

Herrera was arrested by South Ogden police May 18, 2016, on suspicions that she cashed a $763 forged check at a credit union. She was found unresponsive on May 22.

Efforts to seek comment from the sheriff’s office, which operates the jail, were not immediately successful.


Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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