Cook Co. Jail inmate dies with 106 fever
Monday, December 21, 2009
by Kim Janssen
A man accused of strangling his mom at their Dolton home died after
running a fever of 106 degrees at Cook County Jail, authorities say.
Thomas Beals, 25, was awaiting trial on charges that he murdered
Deborah Beals on March 11 when he developed a fever in his cell
Saturday morning, Cook County Sheriff's Police spokesman Steve
Beals was taken from his cell in a psychiatric wing to Mount Sinai
Hospital, but doctors were unable to cool him down and he died Saturday
evening, records show.
Beals' father, Aaron Beals, said his son was taking medication for
schizophrenia and had shown "nothing but remorse" since killing his
mother, dumping her body and stealing her car.
"We're searching for answers," he said. "Thomas had mental health problems, but nothing that would cause this."
An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive. A pending toxicology report could provide answers, Patterson said.