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Family of Allegheny County inmate who died in fight sue county, others

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Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 6:40 p.m.

The parents of a former Allegheny County Jail inmate who died of injuries he apparently suffered in a fight with another inmate claim in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday that the jail's medical staff ignored his worsening health for two weeks before sending him to the hospital.

Debra and Earl Black are suing the county, Allegheny Correctional Health Services and eight members of the medical agency's staff over the May 6 death of Derek Black, 28, of Bethel Park.

The lawsuit claims that Black and jail guards repeatedly asked the medical staff to examine Black, but the doctors and nurses ignored the requests from April 14-30, when Black was transferred to UPMC Mercy.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs declined comment.

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