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Son claims New Lenox officers negligent in mother's overdose death at police station

Mother taken to police station after son called 911 on her, records show

New Lenox Police Department, 200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox.
New Lenox Police Department, 200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox.

A man’s lawsuit blamed New Lenox police officers for his mother's drug overdose death in a police department women's restroom.

Mary Lascola, 44, ended up at the police department on March 27, 2019, after her son Jeremy Lascola contacted New Lenox police to have her removed from his South Cooper Road residence and she “was cold and had nowhere to go,” according to police records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“You can’t just show up here uninvited, unannounced and just expect me to deal with you,” Jeremy Lascola said of his mother in a 911 call.

Mary Lascola’s father told officers she lived with her sons Jeremy and Jack Lascola until she was evicted in 2018 “due to the damage that she caused and the drug addictions she battled,” police reports said.

Officers took Mary Lascola to the police department shortly before 2 a.m. and she was found dead inside a women's restroom about 9:30 a.m.

Lascola died of fentanyl and barbiturate intoxication, according to police reports.

Her death was ruled an accident, the Will County Coroner’s Office said.

Jeremy Lascola filed a lawsuit Monday that claimed officers left his mother in the lobby when they should have known she posed a danger to herself, failed to monitor her, failed to discover she was in the restroom for hours and failed to give her Narcan for her “opioid overdose.”

The lawsuit said his brother and he “suffered grief and sustained pecuniary loss as a result of her death.”

New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba declined to comment on the lawsuit. Jeremy Lascola’s attorney William Gibbs did not return calls Thursday.

The officers who responded to Jeremy Lascola’s residence after he called 911 noticed his mother did not appear intoxicated, according to the memos they filed on March 31, 2019.

“Due to my previous interactions with Mary, I observed that she was not impaired, as she was not slurring her words and was not moving slowly,” one officer said.

A Joliet police officer took Mary Lascola to her son’s home after her boyfriend called the police to have her removed from his Joliet home, police reports said. She said she had no money for a hotel and a shelter would not accept her, police reports said.

Mary Lascola came to the New Lenox Police Department with a suitcase and a backpack that officers later discovered had 10 full prescription pill bottles, police reports said.

Before the officers returned to their patrols, she was told she could use a call button in the building for assistance, police reports said.

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