Family Seeks Answers After Son Dies at Deer Park Jail
Updated: Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010, 9:52 AM CST
Published : Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010, 5:52 PM CST
HOUSTON – Roy Moreno is in pain. His 26-year-old son went to jail Sunday for two traffic warrants, but Nicholas Moreno never walked out of holding cell D223 in Deer Park.
On Sunday, Moreno was driving home in Shore Acres. He'd been out with friends.
His father says a block away from their house he hit this mailbox while trying to avoid neighborhood dogs. Police were called but left because of shift change.
When the shore acres officers arrived at Moreno's house they realized the 26-year-old had traffic warrants out of Deer Park.
He was eventually taken to the Deer Park Police Department.
"He was booked in without incident and went to sleep in the jail cell. They knew he was sleep because he was snoring loudly," Chief Gregory Grigg says.
According to the chief it was 12:50 a.m. when a jailer realized Moreno's snoring had stopped.
"They opened door and went in and tried to shake him awake," Chief Grigg says.
After CPR and a defibrillator Moreno was gone. Now his father wants to know what happened to his otherwise healthy son.
Chief Grigg has another concern.
He says when Moreno was being arrested an officer allowed him to go back into his house to get a bottle of antidepressant pills.
The chief says the bottle, which Moreno wasn't allowed to handle, was filled on Feb. 4 with 30 pills.
On that Sunday, investigators say there was only one pill left.
That's why a toxicology report is being done.
In the meantime, Roy Moreno simply wants to know what happened to the son he nurtured and raised for 26 years.
"He loved his family, he loved his friends, I never thought this would happen to us," Moreno says.