Family of man who died in Iowa jail sues Grundy County

The family of a Wellsburg man who died in a central Iowa county jail in 2016 is suing the county.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that attorneys representing the estate of 26-year-old Jared Martin Slinker say in the lawsuit that Grundy County Jail officials didn’t flag Slinker as a suicide risk when he was booked on a contempt charge regarding a child endangerment case in January 2016. Slinker was discovered unresponsive a couple of days later in the cell, and the lawsuit says jailers didn’t call for an ambulance for 13 minutes after the discovery.

Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning declined to comment to the newspaper on the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges denial of medical care, negligence and loss of consortium for Slinker’s father and children.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,