SAN DIEGO — A mother is suing California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. and other state officials, alleging negligence allowed her son to hang himself in a prison cell.

Kylah Robinson, a successor to the estate of Charlie McClendon filed a complaint Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against California Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation et al., alleging failure to provide a safe and secure environment for detainees at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

According to the complaint, McClendon, who suffered from bipolar disorder, hanged himself in his jail cell April 18, 2015. The suit says Robinson has suffered loss of familial relations upon the death of her son. Robinson says her son's death resulted from the acts and misconduct of the defendants in monitoring the mental condition of McClendon while imprisoned in their facility. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to periodically monitor the quality of medical care, attention and treatment provided to mentally ill prisoners, and failed to timely inform Robinson of the death of her son.

Robinson seeks trial by jury, compensatory, general and special damages, punitive and exemplary damages, interest, costs of suit, attorney fees, court costs, restitution and all other relief the court deems proper. She is represented by attorneys Peter L. Carr, IV and Na’Shaun L. Neal of Sias/Carr LLP in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 18-cv-00121

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