Mother sues over son’s death in prison

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana mother is suing the state, the Department of Correction and the Westville Correctional Facility and some staff members, alleging they were responsible for her son’s death two years ago.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court in South Bend by Alice Blessing of Middlebury alleges that prison personnel were either deliberately indifferent to the psychological disorders displayed by 24-year-old Steven Blessing or that unknown prison personnel killed him and made his death appear to be a suicide.

Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison declined comment, referring questions to the state attorney general’s office. Attorney general’s spokesman Bryan Corbin said Tuesday the office would respond to the allegations in court at the appropriate time.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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