A 40-year-old man who was jailed for stealing a manhole cover from a parking lot died in prison after guards neglected to give him medical attention for a condition that showed parts of his body were dangerously swelling.
John P. Gleeson Jr. went to jail on May 22 and died in mid July. His dad, John Gleeson Sr., said that he hoped his son would learn a lesson by spending some time in jail and that he was seeing signs of improvement, according to the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t bail him out,” Gleeson Sr. said. “I said, ‘Let him get his act together.'”
Gleeson Jr. had struggled with drug addiction previously, and his parents were hoping that “tough love” would help get him back on the right track. Gleeson Jr. had two kids, John, 10, and Erin, 12.
“He was clean and sober,” he said. “He missed his kids. He was contrite, talking about how he wanted to put his life together.”
When Gleeson Jr. started experiencing signs of swelling in jail, he allegedly received insufficient medical attention. Guards reportedly gave him a few antihistamines to ease the swelling and took too long to get him to the hospital where he died.
His parents found out about the death from a correction officer, who called on their home phone and said Gleeson Jr. had “expired.”
The correction officer then reportedly said that the family should call the medical center for more information and then hung up as the mother started screaming from the news.
The Gleeson family may take legal action against jail officials, though they have not confirmed any steps they plan to pursue yet.
Source: Daily Mail, Photo Credit: Facebook