Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks to the media in this file photo.Staff File Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press
The mother of a man who hanged himself in the jail last year is suing the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for $300,000.
Suzanne Logan filed a wrongful death lawsuit May 4 in Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges that jail staff failed to heed warnings that her son, Jason Logan, was a danger to himself.
The court documents describe how Logan, 30, used a frayed “flimsy blanket” torn into “noose-like strips,” tied it to the steel mesh ceiling above the cell’s toilet and hanged himself.
His body was found in the cell on May 5, 2011.
On Friday, exactly a year after Logan’s death, Kenneth Wayne Darr, 51, also committed suicide in the jail, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Hamilton County Attorney Rheubin Taylor declined to comment on pending litigation when reached by phone Wednesday.
See complete coverage in Thursday’s Times Free Press.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...