22 Year Old with Food Allergy Gets Arrested for Cannabis Possession and Dies After One Night in Jail
A 22-year-old man with severe food allergies died in a Washington state jail after turning himself in on a pot charge, and now his mother and her attorney will encourage the prosecutor’s office to file involuntary manslaughter charges against jail workers who could have prevented his death.
The Herald newspaper of Everett and KIRO-TV of Seattle report that Michael Saffioti died a day after turning himself in on July 2.
Saffioti’s mother, Rose Saffioti, says her son brought along a bag of medications needed to control his allergies and asthma, and he had expected to be placed in the jail’s medical unit.
Instead, he was placed in the general population and his special needs were ignored.
Rose says she has spoken with other inmates who were there and they told her that Michael couldn’t breathe after eating oatmeal,and then he begged for help but was accused of faking it and ignored by prison workers.