NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City and its Department of Correction has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit, filed by the mother of a war veteran who died in an overheated jail cell at Rikers Island.
As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday, Alma Murdough wiped away tears as she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming negligence after her son — former Marine Jerome Murdough — was found dead in a 100-degree jail cell that overheated due to an equipment malfunction.
“I ain’t got my son. I don’t ave my son. No money can bring him back,” Mrs. Murdough said.
Jerome Murdough, 56, was a homeless former Marine who was held at Rikers on $2,500 bail after being arrested for allegedly trespassing at a housing project while looking for a warm place to sleep.