Marinette County Faces Wrongful Death Suit
Marinette County and some health and safety officials are being sued for the alleged wrongful death of an inmate at the county jail. Court records show 44-year-old David Teteak died in May of 2016 after he was denied medications prescribed to him while he was in the jail. The case was filed in Wisconsin’s Eastern District Federal Court against the County, Sheriff Jerry Sauve, Chief Deputy James Hansen, seven sheriff’s deputies, Advanced Correctional Health Care and several of its employees, as well as individuals who provided paramedic and ambulatory services to Teteak. The complaint alleges Teteak was taken into custody following the revocation of his probation on April 13th, 2016 and, although he was taking several medications for the treatment of medical conditions, jail staff failed to provide them to him. Teteak was transported to Bay Area Medical Center from the jail on May 2nd after he was found in his cell shaking and breathing irregularly. B-A-M-C personnel ruled his symptoms were related to running out of and withdrawing from his benzodiazepine medication. He was returned to the jail the next day and on the morning of May 6th, was transferred to a safety cell when staff found him lying on the floor sweating profusely and bleeding from repeatedly striking his elbows in his cell. That afternoon, jail staff paged the rescue squad because Teteak continued to bleed from both elbows, was refusing commands, and was now shaking. Upon the paramedics’ arrival, Teteak is said to have become agitated. Sheriff’s deputies put Teteak to the ground and a paramedic administered a sedative in each of Teteak’s thighs. Upon administration, Teteak lost consciousness and, despite resuscitation efforts, eventually died. The suit claims Teteak suffered withdrawal effects, severe anxiety, seizures, and ultimately death as a result of not being provided his prescribed medications. The plaintiffs, Teteak’s mother and son, are suing for his death and a violation of 8th and 14th Amendment rights. Many of the defendants named are being sued in both individual and official capacities. The plaintiffs have called for a jury trial in the matter. The suit was filed April 27th and the defendants have 21 days to respond.