Family sues state over inmate's meningitis death

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The family of a Connecticut prison inmate who died of bacterial meningitis has filed a lawsuit alleging prison officials allowed him to suffer for more than a week before sending him to a doctor.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed this month after being approved by the state's claims commissioner, who must sign off on any litigation against the state.

Legal documents show 24-year-old Anthony Pedraza first reported severe headaches, vomiting and other symptoms on June 28, 2012. The suit says he was initially given water, and the next day allergy tablets. He was sent to an optometrist on July 4, and finally saw a doctor on July 7. He died on July 13.

Correction Department spokeswoman Karen Martucci says the department does not comment on ongoing litigation.

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