Mother Sues Over Son’s Allergy Death In Washington Jail

February 21, 2014

The mother of a 22-year-old man with severe food allergies who died at the Snohomish County Jail in Washington in 2012 has sued Snohomish County.

The lawsuit Rose Saffioti filed Wednesday lists as defendants the county, a corrections officer and four registered nurses.

The Daily Herald reported the complaint alleges that a lack of timely medical treatment constituted a violation of Michael Saffioti’s civil rights.

The lawsuit alleges that jail employees were well aware of Saffioti’s asthma and allergies to dairy products and failed to act promptly when he collapsed in his cell.

The lawsuit does not list the damages sought. Rose Saffioti previously filed a claim against the county that sought $10 million in damages.

Michael Saffioti had turned himself in on a misdemeanor marijuana possession warrant.

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Latest Comments

  • February 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    Huh! says:
    Our jail system must exercise due care to safeguard prisoners. While I don't condone outrageous or frivolous lawsuits, the fact that the young man died from an allergic react... read more
  • February 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    Get a Grip says:
    You honestly believe in the death penalty for pot possession? Let's put an end to the war on drugs and we won't have to worry about the medical needs of a young man who turne... read more
  • February 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    Say What says:
    I am so sick and tired of seeing the estates of inmates bringing action against all of us due to there "medical needs" not being met. Had the individual not done the action th... read more
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