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Black Hawk Co. Jail Suicide Settlement
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) --
Black Hawk County has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who killed himself in his cell in 2011.
The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $25,000 to the estate of 33-year-old Michael Adair. Adair, who was being held at the Black Hawk County jail on a burglary charge, hanged himself in January 2011.
The lawsuit claimed jail staff did not provide adequate care to address Adair's mental health needs. The suit said staff knew Adair had a history of suicide attempts.
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