Family says dad who died at Durham County Jail was ‘neglected’

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — There is more fallout from the recent death of an inmate at the Durham County jail.

Matthew McCain, who recently had a baby girl, was found dead in his cell January 19.

UPDATE: Autopsy shows Durham County jail inmate died from ‘seizure disorder’

The Durham County Sheriff and other agencies immediately launched investigations to determine a cause.

But Tuesday, his family spoke out only to WNCN and accused jail staff of failing to provide proper medical care to McCain.

“He was not getting the medical care that he really needed,” said McCain’s girlfriend, Ashley Canady.

“I feel he was honestly neglected,” she told WNCN.  Canady is also the mother of McCain’s newborn baby daughter, whom he never got to meet.

Canady said McCain, age 29, complained from jail he wasn’t getting necessary medication to treat his diabetes and epilepsy.

“He said ‘they’re not taking care of me in here’.” according to Canady.

“If he would’ve had his medicine and stuff he would still be here today,” Canady said.

Two of McCain’s aunts also spoke out about his death.

“It’s hard for us to process.  We’re just trying to take it one day at a time,” said aunt Christine Byrd.

McCain had been in jail since last August on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

WNCN checked and found in the past 16 years 10 more inmates have died at the Durham County jail.

A request to interview Sheriff Mike Andrews was declined citing ongoing investigations.

Legal expert C. Destine Couch said taxpayers could be on the hook in a potential wrongful death lawsuit.

“If there was a need for emergency medical care that was ignored that is when liability is imposed,” said Couch.

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