Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Mom sues Utah County for her son’s death

First Published Mar 12 2012 10:53 pm • Last Updated Mar 14 2012 11:24 am

A mother filed a civil rights lawsuit against Utah County and its sheriff’s office claiming the agencies failed to adequately train and supervise their employees, resulting in the suicide of her son.

Michelle Jex said on March 9, 2011, her son Cory Jex was arrested at his Springville home and booked into the Utah County Jail on a 72-hour hold for drug and probation violations, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

A probation officer, Reyna Cameron, called Michelle Jex and told her that she knew about her son’s history with depression, anxiety and heroin use, stating that she needed to arrest him "for his own safety," the lawsuit states.

Even though the agent was aware of Cory Jex’s history, including drug abuse and suicide attempts, the lawsuit states, Cameron did not point to any of those issues on the assessment form she filled out at the jail.

"Instead agent Cameron stated Cory’s demeanor was ‘upbeat’ and that he was not under the influence of drugs," the lawsuit states.

Cory Jex was also evaluated using a "Suicide Prevention and 14-day Evaluation." He revealed his depression history and heroin use, the lawsuit states.

After the evaluation, however, Jex was not on suicide watch , the lawsuit states.

On March 10, 2011, about 12:27 p.m., Jex hanged himself in the shower of his cell. He was taken off life support on March 13, the lawsuit states.

Michelle Jex said Cameron and jail nurse Daniel Goodwin "acted with deliberate indifference" to the risk that her son would commit suicide.

Also listed as defendants in the complaint are Director Thomas Patterson with the Utah Department of Corrections, Regional Director Kirk Moncrief of the Adult Probation and Parole, and Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy.

story continues below
story continues below

Jex is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for the loss of her son.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.