Black Hawk County settles lawsuit in jail suicide

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Black Hawk County has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who killed himself in his cell in 2011.

The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $25,000 to the estate of 33-year-old Michael Adair.

Adair, who was being held at the Black Hawk County jail on a burglary charge, hanged himself in January 2011.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1449aKp ) the lawsuit claimed jail staff did not provide adequate care to address Adair’s mental health needs. The suit said staff knew Adair had a history of suicide attempts.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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