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Mother Files Tort Claim Against Decatur County After Son Dies in Custody

Steve Wagner

Lynn Brewsaugh, mother of M. Shane Satterfield, has plans to sue Decatur county officials after the death of her son that occurred in the Decatur County Jail on March 17th.

According to the autopsy, Satterfield died as a result of an enlarged heart and liver disease, although the final ruling was pending a toxicology report. Brewsaugh believes the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, the officers and agents, and potentially other persons involved in the incident to be responsible for his death.

On the night of the 17th, emergency responders were called in when it was discovered Satterfield was incoherent. When the ambulance arrived, they transported Satterfield to the hospital, and shortly after arriving, he was pronounced dead.

Lynn Brewsaugh has sought the assistance of Wagner Reese in this jail death case, and we are anxious to help her find answers and justice regarding the death of her son. Satterfield was serving only a 14-day sentence as the result of a drunk driving charge, and early indications are that he was suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms in jail which led to his death. The dangers of alcohol withdrawal, which can progress to very serious medical condition known as delirium tremens (DT’s), should be well known to jail personnel. We will keep you updated as this case progresses.

If you have been involved in a similar incident, or if you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death or jail incident, give the expert attorneys at Wagner Reese a call and let us assist you with your case.


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