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CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of a teenage boy who died in police custody has filed a lawsuit against the city and the police officers involved.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports, Mark Haynie Jr., 17, of the city’s West Side, was found unresponsive early July 13, in his cell at the Harrison District police station, 3151 W. Harrison St. He was pronounced dead at a Mount Sinai Hospital.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports

An autopsy was inconclusive pending results of a toxicology test.

Haynie’s mother, Yasante Foy, has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging officers ignored her son’s complaints that he was thirsty, felt ill and needed medical attention, and that they failed to check up on Haynie enough, resulting in him falling unconscious and later dying.

Haynie had been arrested the night before for possession of heroin.

The lawsuit includes two wrongful death counts and two survival counts, and seeks more than $200,000 in damages.

The city’s Department of Law spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle said she had not seen the suit and could not comment Thursday evening.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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