Coroner: California inmate had signs of starvation

Mar 8, 2016 4:16 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The mother of a 49-year-old, mentally ill California inmate who died last summer after he stopped eating wants to know why no one at the prison tried to help.

The autopsy on Michael Galliher done by the Solano County coroner says he had severely low blood sugar and other effects commonly observed in starvation.

Galliher's mother said her son's schizophrenia made him paranoid to eat around others, and prison officials should have known that and not had him take meals with other inmates.

Galliher's family and inmate advocates want an investigation. Prison officials say they did nothing wrong and state doctors dispute the coroner's findings.

Galliher was serving a life term for murder. He died six days after he was transferred from a state mental hospital to California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

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