Washington

Disturbing surveillance footage has emerged showing a mother-of-five’s final hours after she was locked up in a Washington state jail for four days when her husband called 911 for help while she suffered a mental health episode.

Damaris Rodriguez, 43, was found dead in her cell at South Correctional Entity, known as SCORE, in Des Moines on January 3, 2018, after she had been incarcerated for 106 hours – despite not being charged with any crime.

Newly surfaced video shows one of the disturbing final days of a mother of five before she died behind bars in a Washington state jail. According to a lawsuit her family filed against the facility, Damaris Rodriguez was suffering from a “mental health episode” in 2017 when they claim she was wrongly arrested.

The surveillance footage shows Rodriguez in apparent distress, naked and hallucinating.

She is seen at one point undressing, at times crawling and appearing to vomit, and banging on the door. Rodriguez was found dead in her cell after about four days of alleged neglect.

“I’d describe it as a window into hell,” the family’s attorney Nate Bingham told CBS News’ Nikki Battiste.

The ordeal began when her husband placed a 911 call in 2017 wanting to seek medical help for Rodriguez.

In the emergency call, originally placed in Spanish, he described her as “having a psychiatric problem and isn’t behaving normal,” and went on to say “she’s being violent and has already hit me twice, and I need a medic.”

Instead, police arrived and carried Rodriguez into the Washington state jail known as “SCORE.”

“My mother had never been arrested,” Jose Marte, Rodriguez’ oldest son said. He acknowledged that she had been diagnosed with a mental disorder in the past.

The Rodriguez’s lawyer Nate Bingham claimed the facility’s staff was unable to communicate with Rodriguez during her incarceration because she was so mentally ill.

“When someone is so mentally ill that they can’t communicate, then that’s a sign of a really big problem,” he said.

The family’s lawsuit states Rodriguez eventually died from “an easily diagnosable and treatable metabolic condition called ketoacidosis,” and they said she had previously been diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder.

Jose Marte said his family is now filing the suit “to bring justice to what has happened,” and to shine a light on “these type of situations that are happening in these jail systems.”

“I feel like all of this could have been prevented,” he said.

The Spokane Police Department released body camera footage from a controversial arrest in Feb. 2019 during a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The body camera footage is from the February arrest of then 28-year-old Lucas Ellerman. The arrest involved the use of a K9 in the enclosed cab of a pickup truck, according to documents.

Concerns were raised over the use of the K9 in the enclosed space inside the cab of the truck Ellerman was driving.

Stuckart said fellow council member Karen Stratton received information on the arrest from a citizen, leading Stuckart to ask Police Ombudsman Bart Logue if he has seen the footage. Stuckart said Logue told him he was disturbed by the footage and the fact there wasn’t an internal investigation opened into the arrest.

According to an affidavit, police began watching a house at 813 S. Park St. on Feb. 11 after they received information that Ellerman,
who was wanted on charges including second-degree strangulation and multiple assault and theft charges, was at the house.

The wife of a lacrosse coach, who was also considered the “team mom,” is accused of raping an 11-year-old team member, Pierce County prosecutors say.

Su Dillon, 44, was charged Wednesday with four counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Investigators said Dillon allegedly had sex with the boy between May 20, 2014 and May 19, 2015.

The investigation started April 5, when police received a call from the victim’s mother.

According to probable cause documents, the mother reported that her son, who was on the lacrosse team, had been having sex with Dillon since he was 11 years old.

The mother reported that her son had been acting out the last couple years and she had sent him to live with his father in Virginia.

While in Virginia, the boy showed signs of improvement and according to court documents, during counseling, the boy disclosed having sex with Dillon.