Georgia inmate allegedly eaten alive by bugs died by homicide, autopsy reveals - New York Post

Attorneys for Lashawn Thompson, an inmate at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia allegedly eaten alive by bugs in his cell last year, have released details of his autopsy results.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Roger Mitchell listed Thompson’s cause of death as complications due to severe neglect and major contributing causes as untreated schizophrenia, dehydration, malnourishment and severe body insect infestation.

Thompson’s manner of death was homicide, Mitchell found.

“These autopsy findings confirm that Lashawn was killed by the extreme neglect of the Fulton County Jail and its staff,” Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Thompson’s family in a lawsuit against the jail, said in a Monday statement ahead of a press conference. “He was dehydrated, malnourished, and his body was infested inside and out with insects — it is truly one of the most horrific cases we have seen.”

Crump added that the jail staff’s “inaction, cruelty, and inhumanity killed” Thompson.

Thompson, 35, was awaiting trial for a June 2022 misdemeanor simple battery charge, attorney Michael Harper of the Harper Law Firm, who is representing Thompson’s family, told Fox News Digital in April.

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Locations: Georgia 

Organizations: Fulton County Jail 

People: Lashawn Thompson 

Tags: Prison 

Type: Headlines