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

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.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 20, 2012

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.


Sue Meredith

According to the full story in the paper, the medical examiner said there was NO alcohol in her system . Her death was caused by an overdose of prescription drugs. My question is who prescribed all of these various drugs and why was there not a red flag raised when the nurse saw that 90 pills were gone from a prescriptioin that had just been filled the previous day? Someone dropped the ball here and this poor woman paid with her life. I knew it was just a matter of time before a lawsuit was filed.


Well lets just take every criminal to the hospital"just to be safe". The taxpayers have to foot the hospital bills. I'd be willing to bet that we payed for her pills too. And if she has been arrested as many times as were posted on here, than I see why they took the route that they did. Please judge do not award any of my tax dollars to the family.


I too had a situation few years back where i was arrested and clearly injured, i was arrested taken straight to erie county jail despite my requests for medical treatment the next day when i got out i went to firelands emergency room and i had an orbital fracture to my eye....way to go spd!....regardless of what this woman did ...her rights to medical treatment were full support goes out to this family!!


furthermore this poor woman obviously needed help...yeah they helped her alright!!!


@ seem obsessed with where your tax money goes.  How about getting yourself apponinted to some committee that oversees just where that money is spent so all your fears can be set to rest that just YOUR money can be spent where YOU say it should be spent. 

As of right now, it all goes into a big pot and is put where the people elected to office SAY it goes, so after you pay your tax bill, you really have no right to say where it get spent.  You did that with your vote when you placed people in office to do that for you.  If your person or persons didn't get elected, I am sorry but the people who did get elected now get their say as to what gets spent and how. That's just the system.

As for this lady, try a little compassion.  Its really sad that she had to die in a place where they didn't think to check on a possiblity that starred them smack in the face.  Had they done that, she might still be alive.  It is hard for me to believe that a nurse and the police wouldn't have thought about it having seen a half full bottle of medications with a known drug addict and the way she was acting and NOT think to take her to the hospital.

NO, they don't need to take them all to the hospital.  But they do need to take more care in what they are looking at.  Perhaps better training is in order. 

As for your worries about your tax dollars.....they are not YOURS once they are paid.  they are the property of the government.  So you can quit worrying.  What they do with them is THEIR business, not yours.  And it is apparent that they will do with them what THEY see fit.  Ever heard of appropriations?  Insurance?  These things are items you might want to look at.  Especially the insurance as it is that that will be paying for the lawsuit and NOT your tax dollars. 

The other is where your tax dollars are used to pay the salary of the men and women who do the jobs and run the offices of he services that keep you safe, etc.  . 

The Brownie Elf

What would have happened if the Sergeant never found her in her car?  Would the family sue the agency for not finding their relative with a whole pharmacy's worth of scheduled drugs in her system?  I am sorry for their loss but we as a society have to start taking responsibility for our own actions.  And not always blame law enforcement or the government. 


The government wouldn't  have that property in the first place,  IF,  It were not for OUR tax dollars!