Family to sue Suffolk County over death of son in jail

The family of 22-year-old Arthur Thomas says they will sue Suffolk County after their son died while in the Suffolk County Jail yesterday.Jannie and Robert

MASTIC - The family of 22-year-old Arthur Thomas says they will sue Suffolk County after their son died while in the Suffolk County Jail yesterday.

Jannie and Robert Butler got the call yesterday morning from officials saying their son was having difficulty breathing and they say he was taken to the hospital where he died.

The Butlers say that their son had a tracheotomy from a dirt bike accident last year and that the jail failed to provide proper medical care for him.

"I've received several phone calls from him regarding him not being able to go to medical to clean the [tracheotomy], or them just ignoring him because they don't feel that he's serious enough to go [to the jail?s medical center]," says Jannie.

Suffolk County says it is investigating the death.

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