Family sues sheriff after teen died in custody

Author: Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Nov 16 2013 09:36:41 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 16 2013 10:39:39 PM EST
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -

The family of a teen who died after he was found unresponsive at the Clay County Jail in March has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

While the Medical Examiner ruled Daniel Linsinbigler's death a homicide, the state attorney's office called it accidental, saying there was no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the deputies.

Linsinbigler was arrested after he was found running naked outside and then entering a woman's hotel room and yelling Bible verses at her.

He was on suicide watch in a cell when he started acting violently, hitting the walls, investigators said. They said corrections officers were not able to calm him down, so they went into the cell, having decided to put him in a restraint chair for his own safety.

Investigators said Linsinbigler resisted and was pepper-sprayed twice.

They said officers wrestled him into the chair and put a spit mask on him at about 8:13 a.m. As of 8:56 a.m., he was seen moving in the chair, and 10 minutes later, he was found unresponsive.

Linsinbigler died at Orange Park Medical Center at about 10 a.m.

At the time of his death, Linsinbigler was in jail awaiting arraignment on charges of indecent exposure by unlawfully exposing his sexual organs.

A spokesperson from CCSO said they are aware of the lawsuit, but would not comment on any current litigation.