San Diego County to settle lawsuit in 16-year-old’s suicide

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a 16-year-old girl who killed herself while in a juvenile detention facility.

In a settlement reached this week, county officials say they are in the process of making changes to prevent future suicides at the Kearny Mesa juvenile hall facility.

The settlement will resolve a lawsuit filed by the family of 16-year-old Rosemary Summers, who hanged herself with a bedsheet at the facility in September 2013. She died four days later.

The family’s lawsuit against the county alleged that the teenager told county employees of suicidal thoughts, that the facility was understaffed the night she hanged herself, and that her mental health issues were potentially amplified by overmedication. 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 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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