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A man held in a disgusting Georgia jail cell died after being ‘eaten alive’ by insects and bed bugs, his family says – Yahoo Lifestyle UK

A man died inside of a Georgia jail cell after he was "eaten alive" by bed bugs, his family alleges.

Lashawn Thompson was found dead at the Fulton County Jail in September 2022.

Thompson's cell "was not fit for a diseased animal," a lawyer for the man's family said.

A 35-year-old man died inside of a filthy Georgia jail cell after being "eaten alive" by insects and bed bugs, an attorney for the victim's family has alleged.

"It's just horrible," Michael Harper, a lawyer for the family of Lashawn Thompson, told Insider on Friday of the young man's death.

Thompson was discovered dead inside a disgusting cell at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 13, 2022 three months after he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor simple battery, Harper said.

While he was held at the lockup, officers moved Thompson to the jail's psychiatric wing after they determined he had a mental illness, Harper said.

"They left him there essentially," Harper told Insider. "And they had a plan to take him to the medical observation unit, but their plan never happened, and they found him dead, eaten by these bed bugs."

Harper released graphic photos showing Thompson's body and the horrific conditions of his jail cell on Wednesday along with what he said was a report from the Fulton County medical examiner that described a "severe bed bug infestation" in Thompson's cell.

"There were no obvious signs of trauma found about the decedent's body," the purported medical examiner's report said. "The decedent's body was covered in bed bugs."

The medical examiner ruled Thompson's cause and manner of death as "undetermined," according to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail.

Harper, citing jail records, alleged that jail staffers noticed that Thompson was "deteriorating" but did nothing to help him.

"They literally watched his health decline until he died," Harper said in a statement. He alleged that Thompson's jail cell "was not fit for a diseased animal."

"He did not deserve this," Harper continued. "Someone has to be held accountable for his death."

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement provided to Insider on Friday that it has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Thompson's death.

Once the investigation is complete, Sheriff Patrick Labat will make an official request for review by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations "to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in this case," the statement said.

"The health, well-being, and security of inmates in our care is our top priority. It's no secret that the dilapidated and rapidly eroding conditions of the current facility make it incredibly difficult to meet the goal of providing a safe, clean, well-maintained, and healthy environment for all inmates and staff," the statement continued.

It added, "Without making any explicit statements about Mr. Thompson's health, it's fair to say that this is one of many cases that illustrate the desperate need for expanded and better mental health services."

"That is precisely why Sheriff Labat continues to call [for] building a new Fulton County Jail and Criminal Justice Complex which will provide humane care in a safe and clean environment that offers mental health and other services that provide a strong foundation for rehabilitation," the statement said.

Brad McCrae, Thompson's brother, told reporters on Wednesday that the photos of his sibling's body were "heartbreaking," "hard to look at," and reminded him of the 1955 teen lynching victim Emmett Till.

"They're horrified," Harper told Insider of Thompson's family. "Can you imagine seeing these photos and knowing what happened to your loved one to die like that? They're just sick about it."

Thompson's family is now calling for a criminal investigation into Thompson's death and for the jail to be closed and replaced with a new facility.

The family is also planning to file a lawsuit against the jail, Harper told Insider.

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DC ranks among the worst cities for bed bugs, new data says – WUSA9.com

Although the pesky, blood-sucking inspects aren't know to spread disease, they can cause an allergic reaction or severe skin reaction in some people.

WASHINGTON As summer travel season gets underway, beware of these blood-sucking insects, that are tiny, but can ruin your vacation. Of course, we are talking about bed bugs.

They are small, wingless insects that are reddish-brown in color. They suck your blood, and although they aren't known to spread disease, they can cause an allergic reaction or severe skin reaction in some people, according to health experts at the Mayo Clinic.

Bed bugs hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboard, bed frames, and other objects around a bed and come out at night to feed. And your risk of running into them is higher if you spend time in hotels, hospitals or homeless shelters.

According to pest control companies, Orkin and Terminx, D.C. is in the top 10 worst cities for bed bugs in the entire country. The District ranks number 7 behind Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York for the pesky creatures.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2022 Nov. 30, 2023. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments. This is the fourth year the companies have put out the list. D.C. moved up two spots from last year.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are translucent when first born and harder to spot.

Exterminators say bed bugs can be found anywhere, even at high end resorts and hotels. So, it's important to stay vigilant.

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13 Massachusetts Cites Named on 2024’s Worst Cities for Bed Bugs List – Live 95.9

Massachusetts is a great place to live. From sandy, sprawling Cape Cod beaches, to the stunning Boston city skyline, all the way to the beautiful, lush mountains of the Berkshires, Massachusetts really has it all.

Massachusetts also has a great overall quality of life. It consistently finds itself featured on lists of the best places to live, the best small towns, and even the safest cities, so there is plenty to brag about.The Bay State also has some pretty decent weather. Yes, winters seem to drag on and be a little brutal at times, sure, but we don't contend with the extreme weather that occurs in so many other parts of the country.

What we do contend with are a few challenges with wildlife and bugs. While Massachusetts certainly isn't inhabited by apex predators, there are some smaller creatures that might not kill you, but can certainly make your life hell. We're talking about Bed Bugs.

As part of Bed Bug Awareness Week (yes, apparently that's a thing) which starts June 2,Pest Gnome recently examined 500 cities across the U.S. and compiled a list of the most bed bug-infested cities in the nation. A whopping 13 Massachusetts cities appeared on the list.

To reach their results, Pest Gnomedetermined the factors that are most relevant to bed bug infestations, including infestation risk, pest control, and density and then gave those each a weight and calculated scores.

A citys Overall Score is the average of its scores across all factors and categories. The highest Overall Score ranked Highest Risk (No. 1) and the lowest Lowest Risk (No. 500).

13 Massachusetts citieslanded on thePest Gnome rankings. Check them out below.

# 7 - Boston

#13 - Cambridge

#18 - Sommerville

#27 - Lawrence

#55 - New Bedford

#58 - Fall River

#67 - Worcester

#70 - Lowell

#83 - Lynn

#84 - Brockton

#117 - Springfield

#121 - Quincy

#192 - Newton

It's not all bad news for these Massachusetts cities, it actually might mean they're just popular. According to the report, cities like Las Vegas and Honolulu, known for their bustling tourist activity are seeing a surge in bed bugs, so at least Boston and the rest are in good company.

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6 Ohio Cities Are Infested with Bed Bugs in 2024 – wkfr.com

The worst bed bug cities in the United States for 2024 have been announced and it's looking bad for Ohio.

It's not a big surprise to see Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles in the top 5 since they are among the largest cities in the nation. However, the fact that Cleveland is in the top 5 worst cities for bed bugs is making Ohio itch. Orkin publishes the list of worst bed bug cities every year. Here's how they came up with their results,

The bed bug cities list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2022 Nov. 30, 2023.

#4 Cleveland

Cleveland climbed from #10 last year to #4 this year.

Cleveland, Ohio is the Capital of Abductions

#11 Columbus

Columbus wasn't in the top 50 list last year. This year things got a little crazy and they jumped to #11.

Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

#12 Cincinnati

The Nati moved up one spot from last year.

Cincinnati, Ohio Bed Bugs

#20 Youngstown

The smallest Ohio town on the list was #27 last year but got worst as it jumped to #20 this year.

#32 Toledo

The city that Ohio once went to war with Michigan for came in at #38 last year on the list that nobody wants to be on. It got worse for Toledo as they climbed to #32 this year.

Toledo, Ohiov bed bugs

#33 Dayton

Dayton got a tiny bit worse increasing from #34 last year to #33 this year.

Dayton, Ohio, bed bugs

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Check out last year's worst cities in the U.S. for Bed Bugs below.

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

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