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Arizona Juvenile’s Jail Suicide Case Settled for $10,000

The estate of a 14-year-old Arizona juvenile detainee was paid $10,000 to settle claims arising from his suicide.

While in a Yavapai County juvenile detention facility, a 14-year-old boy hung himself to death. His estate sued in federal court, alleging Defendants failed to monitor him, staff were inexperienced, and did not maintain a suicide watch. Plaintiff also argued the facility was designed defectively and negligently built, allowing Decedent to hang himself from a sprinkler system. Defendants denied wrongdoing, but in June 1994, paid $10,000 to settle before trial. The jail was indemnified by the contractor who built the facility. See: Estate of Staton v. Arizona, AZ Sup. Ct. Yavapai City, Case No. CV94-0295, (1996 WL 746718)

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Estate of Staton v. Arizona