Michelle Gee Family Sues County Over Jail Death Exposed by Weekly

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The family of Michelle Gee, a 41-year-old woman who hung herself inside a medical-ward cell at the Orange County Jail on March 17, 2010, has sued the county over her death. Gee's suicide was first exposed by the Weekly several days after the event, which occurred within hours of a jail tour attended by myself and Weekly reporter R. Scott Moxley, when we learned of it through sources close to the family. Tony Saavedra at the Orange County Register broke the news of the lawsuit for the newspaper yesterday and his article contains a link to the family's actual complaint.

Saavedra's article notes that Gee's death inside the jail's medical ward raises disturbing issues about staffing problems inside the county jail system. Sheriff's spokesman John McDonald assured Reg readers that those problems had been resolved by the time of Gee's death. You can read more about those issues, their possible connection to Gee's suicide, as well as numerous other jail deaths that have occurred in the county jail system over the past year in my feature story from earlier this year, "Who'll Stop the Pain?"

As jail records obtained by the Weekly for that story reveal, a distraught Gee, who was behind bars because she confessed to relapsing at a drug court hearing the day before, had been left alone for several hours in a one-person cell. An inmate whose name was blocked out by sheriff's officials told investigators that Gee, who was suffering from a staph infection in her foot, could be heard yelling for help in the hours before she was discovered dead. The inmate said Gee repeatedly screamed that "she can't do this" and "needed someone in her cell because she did not want to be alone."

A nurse discovered Gee hanging from a twisted bed sheet just after 4 p.m. that day.

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Provoriver
Provoriver

OC Jail is a miserable corrupt place that is run by very young deputies who are corrupt and abusive. I have seen so much corruption inside the OC Jail and the OC Sherrifs department I should write a book. I have seen prisoners beaten down for giving a dirty look to a deputy, deputies laughing out loud because another deputy beat a prisoner who was elderly and moved to slow and it goes on and on and on. These deputies are felons commiting serious crimes against prisoners. Its a down right disgusting place run by deputies who are felons themselves

Guest
Guest

Seriously. Just another money hungry person. If her family cared so much they would have gotten her help with the drug use.

Stevebalboni2013
Stevebalboni2013

Yeah OC jail the medical staff is aweful. I told them I suffered from seizure disorder, and they told me "to go F myself" Anyohter news about jail

wtf
wtf

Guest....you must be a f'n retard?

Sin
Sin

this is why they need education and rehab instead of just jail for nonviolent crimes... some people can't just be left alone.. you can die from going "cold turkey" off certain drugs

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