ST. LOUIS — Surviving family members are suing Pemiscot County law-enforcement officers and a St. Louis company, citing alleged breach of duty.

E.R., M.T. and C.M. by and through their aunt and Guardian ad litem Angela Wilson, and Angela Wilson as personal representative of the estate of Michael Robinson, filed a complaint Aug. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division against Mid-America Transplant Services; Tommy Greenwell, individually and in his official capacity, et al., alleging the defendants violated the 14th and 18th Amendments by failing to provide medical care to a pretrial detainee.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Aug. 15, 2015, Robinson died when he was denied insulin and crucial medical treatment for severe diabetes while in the custody of the defendants. As a result, the decedent's children claim they suffered loss and companion of their father. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to make sure Robinson's medical needs were met, failed to monitor Robinson’s serious and life-threatening medical condition and failed to respond to the warnings regarding Robinson's medical condition.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory, punitive, statutory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, costs of suit and further relief deemed just and proper. They are represented by John L. Wilbers of The Wilbers Law Firm LLC in Clayton and Benjamin L. Crump of Parks & Crump LLC in Tallahassee, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division case number 4:17-cv-02260-HEA

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