Family Sues Over Inmate's Death At Franklin County Jail

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A father of three's death has the Franklin County Jail at the center of a lawsuit.

Tyrell Fuller's widow, Sierra, claims he was dying - and the jail staff did nothing to help. Sierra Fuller says his health deteriorated rapidly during the four days he was in jail.

"I just knew something was wrong with him, and it wasn't going to be a good outcome," she said.

She and Tyrell have two children together and one on the way.

Tyrell was on day three of a four year sentence for a felony charge. She says he had been complaining to guards about feeling ill for days.  

"They kept telling him he was fine," she said.

Less than 24 hours later, Fuller was dead.

According to the Franklin County Coroner, Fuller died of natural causes after suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis. The abrupt onset disease causes the pancreas in some cases to stop making insulin.

10TV took the findings to an independent doctor.

Dr. Michelle Kovalaske says the condition requires immediate medical attention.

"It's a treatable condition if it's discovered and treated in a quick fashion but it can progress very quickly," she said.

Sierra says her repeated calls to the Franklin County Medical Unit the night before Tyrell died were not returned.

She believes her husband would be alive today had he received the proper care.

The sheriff's office says they don't comment on pending lawsuits. Our calls to the medical unit were not returned today.