When a person goes to jail, should they lose their right to receive medication? A Spokane father said that's what happened to his teenage son, denying his mental health drugs behind bars.
Rob Lee worries without them, the young inmate will hurt himself or someone else.
Back in December his 19-year-old son was one of several people caught shooting paintball guns at people sitting at bus stops. He was sentenced to nine months in the Spokane County Jail but when his dad surrendered his son to be punished, corrections deputies refused the teen's mental health medications.
"He never missed a court date, he accepts full responsibility for his actions," Lee said.
Lee makes no bones about his son's guilt or sentence but suspects his boy wound up behind bars because of the teen's mental health problems, bi-polar disorder, among them.
"When he was originally arrested on these charges in December he had been in jail for 10 days and did not receive any medical treatment what so ever of that 10 days so we had a heads up," Lee said.