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Family demands answers after their 22 year old son died in a San Diego County jail cell

William Hayden Schuck was discovered unresponsive on his sixth day inside San Diego Central Jail

SAN DIEGO — Six days after getting booked into jail on expenses of driving whereas underneath the affect of medication, deputies inside San Diego Central Jail found 22 year old William Hayden Schuck lifeless inside his cell.

Now, greater than seven months after their son’s demise, Schuck’s mother and father, Tim and Sabrina, are nonetheless looking for answers as to how and why their younger son died.

“The absence of figuring out what occurred to Hayden has left a void in our lives that our creativeness and worst nightmares are greater than prepared to attempt to fill,” Sabrina Schuck stated in a assertion to CBS 8.

They hope these answers might be offered via a newly filed authorized declare that the Schuck’s filed in opposition to the County of San Diego. 

The September 15, 2022, authorized declare, obtained by CBS 8 via a public information request, is the newest in a string of authorized claims and lawsuits over deaths inside San Diego County jails. It comes because the county seems to be to reform situations inside its detention amenities, and weeks after Governor Newsom vetoed a state invoice that will have ensured adjustments have been made in county lockups after a state audit that found that the division had didn’t implement the adjustments by itself. 

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s web site, Schuck is one in all 19 folks to die inside a San Diego County jail to date this year, one in all greater than 200 folks to have died since 2006.

On March 10, 2022, San Diego Police Officers responded to a visitors collision close to Sunset Boulevard and Interstate 8. At the scene, police arrested 22-year-old Schuck for driving whereas underneath the affect of medication. Police additionally discovered an unregistered “ghost gun” inside Schuck’s automotive, together with a massive capability journal. 

Officers, in response to the Sheriff’s Department investigation, took Schuck to the hospital the place he declined remedy and transported Schuck to Central Jail. 

On March 16, simply six days after getting booked, guards discovered Schuck lifeless inside his jail cell.

Now, greater than seven months later, one of many household’s attorneys, says the county has failed to supply particulars about what occurred throughout Hayden Schuck’s final six days inside Central Jail.

“Under the law, the County was responsible for Hayden’s safety once they took him into their custody and care,” says Lauren Williams, one of many lead attorneys on the case. 

Williams says the household was contacting the jail in the hours after their son’s arrest to ensure he was not in hazard.

“After learning of his serious car accident and arrest, his family tried frantically to confirm his well-being and ensure he was receiving necessary care in jail. The county jail refused them any meaningful information about their own family member. And they didn’t allow any family to speak to Hayden.”

Williams says Hayden Schuck was so sick at his first courtroom look, 5 days after his arrest, that he was unable to seem.

“He was plainly ill–so sick that he couldn’t go forward with the hearing,” stated lawyer Williams. “He was found dead the following morning and since the County has not been transparent about the circumstances of this death. We are seeking the truth about what happened, and justice for the Schuck family.”

Meanwhile, Sabrina and Tim Schuck, Hayden’s mother and father, need to assist others like their son who turned to medicine amidst a life-long battle with ADHD and different psychological well being points.

Just 9 days after listening to that their son had died in his jail cell, the household began a GoFundMe fundraising drive and the William Hayden Schuck Memorial Fund to assist middle-aged youngsters address psychological well being diseases in addition to to enhance psychological well being screening inside county jails.

The fundraising drive has raised greater than $40,000, properly above the household’s aim.

“Our goal with starting the fund was to raise money to implement essential early intervention and prevention strategies for children with ADHD and related mental health challenges in schools—something Hayden would have benefited greatly from.” 

Added Sabrina Schuck, “We also want to see an increase in training and the implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions for detainees in the county jails.” 

Meanwhile, the household’s lawyer says they proceed their quest for answers in discovering out how Hayden Schuck died.

“The family wants transparency about the circumstances of Hayden’s death, and they want to make sure that going to county jail isn’t a death sentence for others like him,” says household lawyer Tim Scott.

For starters, says Scott, “it has been more than six months without so much as an autopsy report.”

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department didn’t reply to CBS 8’s request for remark in time for publication. 

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