Questions Raised About Placer County In Custody Death

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For Marlene Spinks, life has been empty since July 9, 2013.

“I never thought my son would die in custody, that’s supposed to be a safe place,” she told FOX40 in an exclusive interview.

Her 24-year-old son, Anthony Skeaton, died while in custody of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Mark Reed told FOX40 that Skeaton suffered a medical seizure inside of a large dorm-style jail with more than 50 other people.

In a statement, the department told FOX40: “Detectives in our department conducted an investigation. They interviewed corrections staff and all of the inmates. There is no indication of any kind of fight. He suffered a medical seizure.”

But, Skeaton’s mother has her doubts. Although her son was remanded to the jail for previous drug charges, she says he has never had medical issues.

“There was no medical problem, no illness according to the autopsy.”

However, the full toxicology report has not been released yet. The Sheriff’s Department sends their condolences to the family, also releasing this statement:

“We feel for the family and our hearts go out to them. However, having that medical issue that he did, he got help quicker than he would have had he been sleeping at home.”

“I don’t know what to trust until I get further” Spinks told FOX40.

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  • Fathers4Justice

    I know there are no words but hopefully blessings from a stranger may ease your pain, Sorry to hear of your loss Marlene…

    I would contact the ACLU, they unfortunately are very weak in Northern California but if there was foul play involved and it is blatantly obvious, they may accidentally stumble across something to help you in your efforts.

    The entire system in Placer County needs to be exposed and we need to start with the judiciary, THAT is the problem and literally anyone and everyone who has had any dealings with the judicial system in Placer County is very well aware of what we are dealing with.

    Join our campaign for truth, justice and equality in family law.