Prisoner swap: Man visiting son in jail gets trapped for 32 hours

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 7:57 AM

(KMOV.com) – A man visiting his son in an Illinois jail ended up feeling like a prisoner as he was trapped in the jail for more than a day.

When the man took a seat in a visiting room in the Cook County Jail, jail officials said the door somehow shut behind him, locking him in. The man told officials he pounded on the door for hours, but he didn’t help.

Then 32 hours later, he came up with a new plan.

“He went into that room through two steel doors, both of which shut behind him and he was locked in,” said Cara Smith, Executive Director of the Cook County Jail, “Fortunately, he had the foresight to see a sprinkler head and break it off and so the room began to flood. The Chicago Fire Department was alerted very early Monday morning and fortunately was able to get him out of the room.”

The man has now filed initial paperwork in court claiming he was deprived of food, water, and a bathroom for more than 30 hours. 

The Cook County Sheriff said his office is investigating the incident to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.

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