HAMMOND | A federal judge granted one-time Lake County Jail inmate Stacy Chervelle Striblin permission to move forward with a civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff John Buncich and members of his medical staff over contracting the disease MRSA.
MRSA bacteria are the cause of several types of painful, difficult-to-treat infections in humans. Striblin claims he contracted the disease due to filthy conditions at the jail and that jail staff did not give him proper medical care, as constitutionally required by law.
He further alleges he complained many times about unsanitary conditions, including letters to Buncich but nothing was done to address them. He also was not given proper cleaning supplies to take care of his cell, according to the lawsuit.
On Thursday, Judge Philip Simon allowed Striblin to proceed with his lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages on the basis of his 14th Amendment claim.
Striblin, 37, of Chicago, was arrested in February 2012 over an attack on his former girlfriend, which left their 3-month-old daughter hospitalized with head injuries. The child was in her mother's arms when Striblin punched the woman during an attack in which the child fell, hitting her head on a step to the front porch of the woman's Hammond home.
Striblin continued the attack on the woman as she retreated into the home, again carrying the child, according to court records. The woman fell in the doorway, causing the child to again hit her head on the floor, and the child was struck a third time when Striblin landed a punch meant for the baby's mother.
Despite a protection order issued in Cook County, Striblin repeatedly punched the woman and threw a radio, a lighter, roller skates and a space heater at her before beating her on the legs with a crowbar.
Striblin, who received a 10-year sentence in June, currently resides at the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Ind.