Mom files $10 million claim for death of son at Snohomish Co. Jail

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The mother of a 22-year-old man with severe food allergies who died at the Snohomish County Jail filed a $10 million wrongful death claim against the county Wednesday.

Michael Saffioti showed up at the Lynnwood Police Department to turn himself in on a misdemeanor warrant for marijuana possession in July 2012. He advised that he was severely allergic to dairy products, and the Lynnwood police transferred him to the Snohomish County Jail because they couldn't handle his medical needs.

James S. Rogers, the lawyer representing Saffioti's mother, said the county jail declined to place him in a medical unit and failed to document his allergies. He died shortly after being given breakfast the next morning.

"We will be conducting extensive discovery to follow up on facts we've learned about Snohomish County Jail's role in exposing Michael to something it knew or should have known was deadly," Rogers said in a statement announcing the claim.

The sheriff's office, which runs the jail, did not immediately return a page seeking comment Wednesday.

A National Institute of Corrections team that reviewed the jail's operations at the request of the sheriff reported last month that some inmates apparently did not receive the meals they were supposed to receive. Another National Institute of Corrections team is reviewing the jail's medical services.

In a previous stay at the county jail for marijuana possession, Saffioti's food was separately prepared and wrapped in plastic to avoid trace contaminants, his mother has said. The precaution earned Saffioti the jail nickname "Bubble Boy."