NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKOW) -- A federal appeals court is allowing a lawsuit to go forward that claims that an inmate at a privately run Nashville jail was denied mental health treatment and did not shower or leave his cell for nine months.
Mary Braswell sued Corrections Corporation of America in 2008, accusing the prison operator of treating her grandson inhumanely and violating his constitutional rights.
She claimed that Frank Horton was mentally ill and deteriorated severely while he was locked up for a non-violent probation violation.
A U.S. district court dismissed Braswell's lawsuit, saying that the physical injury Horton suffered wasn't enough to allow it to continue.
But the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that too many questions remained to dismiss the lawsuit, including how severely Horton was injured.
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