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Late inmate's family sues Erie County jail, Perkins twp.

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The family of an Erie Couty jail inmate who died while incarcerated on Jan. 1 has filed suit against the Erie County, jail staff, Perkins Township and Perkins police officers.

Margaret Stallard, 50, of Sandusky, was booked into the jail at about 4 a.m. New Year's Day.

Perkins Township police Sgt. Mark Kusser arrested Stallard at about 3:20 a.m. while responding to a call about a vehicle break-in on Kevin Drive. The officer found Stallard in a parked truck and arrested her for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Inside her purse jail staff found two prescription pill bottles — one containing 32 Xanax pills, the other holding five Elavil pills. She had recently filled the prescriptions and many of the pills were missing.

The staff put Stallard in isolation, and checked on her about 14 times over the next several hours.

Jail nurse Linda Scroggy and another corrections officer later found Stallard unresponsive in her cell at about 8:45 a.m. A coroner's reporter later determined Stallard died from a lethal combination of the prescription drugs Xanax, Percocet, OxyContin, Serax, Restoril, Valium and Elavil.

The lawsuit names violations of Stallard's civil rights, wrongful death, willful misconduct and pain and suffering on behalf of Stallard's family members, who want in excess of $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

A myriad of parties, including the Sheriff's Department, the Erie County Board of Commissioners, Former Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons, the Perkins Township Board of Trustees, and Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar.

Read more on this developing case in Saturday's Register.

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