ALBUQUERQUE (KRE) - A mother wants to know why her son died in a halfway house, buther belief that an infection went untreated is at odds with newdetails that emerged Monday.
On Sunday Cecilia Tkach told KRQE News 13 she begged for her sonto be treated for an illness while he was in the Bernalillo CountyMetropolitan Detention Center. However jail officials, the hospitaland the halfway house said that never happened.
Thomas Tkach died on Christmas Day. His mother said she believeshe died from a staph infection, but on Monday News 13 learned theevidence may point to something else.
Tkach died alone in his room at La Posada Halfway House inAlbuquerque. He had been living there in November when he wasarrested for driving on a revoked license and violating hisprobation from a drunken-driving charge.
According to the Metro Detention Center he had to be detoxedwhen he arrived there.
Tkach's mother posted his $50 bond in early December, but heremained in custody at the request of the U. S. Marshals Serviceuntil he faced a judge on a federal drug charge.
"He was asked if he had any medical conditions or anything weshould be made aware of, and he stated that he had none," U. S.Marshal Gorden Eden told News 13.
On Dec. 24 a federal judge ordered Tkach back to La Posada wherehe died the next day. Deputy marshals saw no signs Tkach sufferedfrom medical problems, according to Eden.
News 13 visited the halfway house and called the executivedirector, but no one would comment on Tkach's death.
"The director there said he was pale, he was throwing up and hewas in a lot of pain," Cecilia Tkach said. Even with ahistory of drug charges her son didn't do them, and that's not howhe died, she added.
She said that in November, he tested positive for MRSA, abacterial infection, and was given medication.
But when he was arrested in November she said his meds were leftat the halfway house. Neither MDC nor the hospital nor the halfwayhouse would get him the medication he needed, she alleged.
"So who's to blame," Cecilia Tkach said. "They're all toblame."
The Office of the Medical Investigator reported that during theautopsy it found no obvious signs of a cause of death. Now OMI iswaiting on toxicology tests.
OMI also said that in November Tkach may have been bitten by abrown recluse spider, and he had a history of emphysema.
Tkach's mother was also upset that nobody told her where her sonwas after he died.
The marshal told us that he refused to give a name or number tothem for an emergency contact. It's unknown if the halfway househad one.
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