Family of deceased inmate suing the prison promissory service after overdosing on fentanyl while in custody

Mother of Fentanyl Overdose Victim in Prison Sues Employee and Company for Over $1 Million in Damages

Dallas County, Texas – The mother of Trelynn D’Maun Wormley, an inmate who died of fentanyl overdose while awaiting trial in Tarrant County Jail, has filed a lawsuit against Aaliyah Lyles and the companies she worked for, Keefe Commissioner Network and Keefe Group, for negligently distributing the drug that led to his death.

In the lawsuit, Cassandra Johnson asserts that the defendants were aware of the inmates’ vulnerabilities and exploited their circumstances by negligently hiring, retaining, and supervising their own employees, who were allowed to take advantage of the negligent provision of materials to these individuals. According to the lawsuit, prison should be safe, and inmates should have the least amount of opportunity to ingest controlled substances, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Wormley was found unconscious in his cell on July 20, 2022, and rushed to the emergency room, where he was pronounced dead. The coroner concluded that his cause of death was fentanyl ingestion. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed to act with reasonable caution by allowing their employee to distribute the drug within the prison, leading to Wormley’s death.

Lyles was subsequently arrested a month later while working for Keefe for bringing drugs, including fentanyl, into Tarrant County Jail. The lawsuit argues that when Lyles transported, distributed, and supplied these drugs and illicit drugs, she was acting within the scope and course of her employment with Keefe, which was supposed to supervise, train, and retain her correctly to perform her duties.

The charges against the defendants include negligence, vicarious liability, and violation of the Texas health and safety code, and the lawsuit seeks over $1 million in damages. According to the court documents, the plaintiffs expect that a Dallas County jury will award more than $100 million in damages to compensate the family for the defendant’s actions.

The lawsuit seeks to hold the defendants accountable, highlighting the negligence and lack of adherence to standards that led to the loss of Wormley’s young life. The case will continue until there is a resolution, and the family hopes that justice will be served.

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