TWIN FALLS • Inmates had a mess to clean up at the Twin Falls County Jail Tuesday night, but authorities and inmates disagree about the cause and extent.
LoriStewart, spokeswoman for the TwinFalls County Sheriffs Office, said inmates intentionally blocked up toilets by flushing a blanket, underwear and a laundry bag, then exacerbated the flooding by turning on the showers.
The inmates were then asked to clean up the flooded area. According to Stewart, the water was clean.
But Awanda Cross, mother of inmate Daniel Thomas, told the Times-News her son said they had to clean up sewage while wearing flip flops and no gloves.
Shiann Allshouse said Thomas told her the same thing.
According to Allshouse, Thomas told her, “The guards would not give them anything other than a broom and a mop bucket” for the clean up the sewage. Thomas also told Allshouse and Cross that the flood was caused by a broken pipe, not by an intentionally clogged toilet.
Thomas was arrested earlier this month for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly shooting a man in the neck.
Stewart confirmed that the inmates weren’t given gloves, but maintained the water was clean.
“It was never sewage,”Stewart said, adding that normally, inmates wouldn’t be asked to clean up a plumbing-related problem.
“If they were going to be part of the problem, they would be part of the solution,”Stewart said.