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Tony Beaver Dies After 4 Months in Dallas County Jail

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Sixty-four-year-old Tony Harrison Beaver was booked into Dallas County Jail on December 17, 2023. He was pronounced deceased on April 18, 2024. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Marian Brown filed a custodial death report (CDR) about Mr. Beaver on April 30, 2024.

Three basic questions about Mr. Beaver, such as whether he appeared to be intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, are answered: “Unknown.” During intake, however, it was concluded and reported that he did exhibit medical problems.

Nothing conclusive is known about the cause of death, though there is an indication that Mr. Beaver had a pre-existing medical condition. Also, he was moved to Parkland Memorial Hospital on April 9, when he experienced shortness of breath. A medical procedure was being performed on Mr. Beaver when medical staff at the hospital pronounced him deceased nine days later. His cause of death is awaiting the results of an autopsy.

The Dallas County Jail facility where Mr. Beaver was placed is at 5201 Harry Hines Blvd in Dallas, TX 75235.

Jail Deaths are Often Linked to a Lack of Observation

Whether inmates commit suicide or care isn’t given for inmates’ medical emergencies, a lack of proper jail supervision is often linked to custodial deaths. Those facts are frequently made apparent as a result of the special jail inspections conducted after jail deaths.

In April 2023, for example, TCJS inspectors recorded what they found after a 41-year-old inmate accused of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child hung himself in a Texas jail. He was booked into the jail less than 5 hours before being pronounced deceased. The charges and the timing of the suicide are significant. Such charges are among the risk factors for suicide. Also, a significant number of custodial suicides occur within the first 24 hours of incarceration. These are considerations in preventing jail suicides. Yet, the following is what the inspectors found about the circumstances in this case:

  • A review of video submitted after a custodial suicide revealed that an inmate entered a restroom and remained unobserved for 88 minutes before being discovered.

The following is more information from the CDR:

  • The inmate was found unresponsive with a drawstring from his jacket around his neck and lower extremities. CPR began on the detainee, medical staff arrived, and lifesaving measures continued until the local fire department medics arrived. The inmate was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where a physician pronounced him deceased.

Do You Suspect that a Loved One Died in Jail Due to Neglect?

At the Law Offices of Dean Malone, we have gained years of experience representing the interests of inmates in jail neglect cases. If you suspect that jail neglect caused the death of an incarcerated loved one in Texas, or if you were in a Texas jail and suffered a life-altering injury, we may be able to help. Call today, text, or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation. We are available 24/7.

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