(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.) — The family of an inmate who committed suicide at the Sedgwick County jail is preparing to sue Sheriff Bob Hinshaw.
Attorney Mark Schoenhofer is representing the Haehn family and is preparing litigation. The family claims, according to the document, Sheriff Hinshaw was negligent for failing to properly train, educate and supervise his detention deputies. The family wants to know why he wasn't placed on suicide watch.
According to a "notice of claim" filed in court Jonathan Haehn suffered from hallucinations and a belief people were trying to kill him. He presented "bizarre behavior and warning signs of suicide risk" according to the document.
Documents say Haehn's sister and girlfriend called the jail warning them of Haehn's possible suicidal behavior. In the late morning or early afternoon of May 24, Haehn hanged himself by a bed sheet around his neck. The sheet was attached to the ceiling light fixture.