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Man found dead in overheated jail cell

NEW YORK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A New York family is outraged after their loved one was left alone to die in a steaming hot jail cell.

56-year-old Jerome Murdough, a homeless former Marine, was arrested for trespassing at a housing project while looking for a warm place to sleep.

A week later, he was found dead in his jail cell after it had overheated to at least 100-degrees because of issues with the heating equipment.

His family says Murdough was in the psychiatric section because he suffers from schizophrenia and was bi-polar.

They say he should have been checked on by guards every 15 minutes.

"They just put him in there and went about their business. I don't understand that part and come back four hours later?!  That's terrible. Like he's not a human being?" said Alma Murdough. "He suffered. He really suffered. I think the CO's in there didn't care. They went on and had donuts and coffee. And they just didn't care."  

Murdough's family says they are also appalled that the Department of Corrections never contacted them to tell them he had died.

They found out by watching the news.

The department says they are investigating.