LIMA — The mother of a former inmate who died in Allen County’s custody has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Allen County and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged roles in the death of her son.
On April 10, 2017, Brady Hoop died from a drug overdose while in the Allen County Jail. According to federal case files filed last week, Jodie Hoop alleges the county and sheriff’s office “failed to provide adequate protections to (her son) Hoop.” She is asking for more than $75,000 in damages.
Other defendants in the lawsuit include Sheriff Matt Treglia, jail administrator Lt. Tim Amstutz and other unnamed correction officers and deputies of the sheriff’s department. Treglia could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Jodie Hoop also alleged jail officials should have been more aware and cognizant of her son’s past drug use, as he had overdosed on drugs “while working as a jail trustee at the Humane Society of Allen County” back in 2015. At that time, Hoop survived the overdose after he was transported to Lima Memorial Health System.
In 2015 and early 2016, Brady Hoop served a six-month stint in Allen County Jail for two charges of theft from an elderly person, both fifth-degree felonies,. He was found convincing elderly Shawnee residents to pay for a fake high school basketball trip.
According to The Lima News’ report during Hoop’s sentencing hearing, Judge David Cheney asked Hoop to sign and carry a small green slip of paper, which Cheney described as a “one-way ticket to prison,” to help Hoop remind himself of the dangers of his criminal past. Prior to serving time in Ohio, Hoop had been arrested in a number of other states due to an extensive felony record that includes burglary and receiving stolen property.
By 2017, Hoop was on his second year of probation in Allen County when he broke parole and was arrested again. According to court records, the 23-year-old had been brought before a judge in the morning of April 10 before overdosing close to 5 p.m. later that day.
On the day of his death, Allen County Jail officials responded to Hoop at 5:05 p.m. and found him unconscious on the floor of his jail cell. Emergency responders arrived shortly thereafter. By 5:44 p.m., Hoop was pronounced dead at Mercy Health- St. Rita’s Medical Center.
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