The father of 42-year-old Daniel Schlienz is angry and says authorities may have ignored his son's medical condition. He tells Fox 21 he doesn't know why authorities waited until 3 a.m. Tuesday to call his family to report he was dying.
The questions come after the county sheriff's office changed the timeline of Schlienz's illness and death. The sheriff first reported Schlienz fell ill on Christmas Day but was not sick enough to warrant medical attention. Later, authorities said that was incorrect and that Schlienz had not asked for help until Monday morning.
But Schlienz's father and sister tell the Duluth News Tribune they visited their son in the jail on Saturday and said he "looked haggard" and had a terrible cough. They say he was cold but was denied extra blankets.
The News Tribune is reporting he may have died from a rare and aggressive ailment known as disseminated intravascular coagulation. The condition can kill a person very suddenly and recovery is rare.
Schlienz, a former pro boxer, was accused of shooting and wounding two people at a Grand Marais courthouse after he was declared guilty in a criminal sexual misconduct case.