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Tyler Worley's likeness appears in this image from Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Tyler Worley's likeness appears in this image from Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
A report from the Clark County Coroner's Office details the in-custody death of Tyler Worley. (Source: FOX5) A report from the Clark County Coroner's Office details the in-custody death of Tyler Worley. (Source: FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A mother wants to know why her son was able to kill himself while he was on suicide watch at the Las Vegas Detention Center.

Christina Dickerson told FOX5 she wasn’t notified of her son’s death until the next day. She received a call from the Clark County Coroner’s Office, but still has never gotten the courtesy of a phone call from the jail.

Tyler Worley was 21 years old when he died on June 16, 2016. He killed himself in a jail cell with a bed sheet.

Even though he was on suicide watch, that didn’t stop him.

Worley’s family reached out to FOX5 after seeing other stories on the news involving other inmates going unsupervised. In this case, the mother says the city's mistake cost her everything.

She held onto pictures of her son, and her voice cracked while talking about all of their favorite memories together.

“He was just my first true little love,” cried Dickerson. “He was my first baby. There's nothing like the feeling of losing your kid. I don't know how to deal with it.”

Worley would have turned 22 years old last week. He was arrested for disturbing the peace and not being on a sidewalk.

The mother is especially upset with the way the jail has handled the case after the fact. Officials with the City of Las Vegas have returned calls to FOX5, but not to her.

“I blame them for my son's death,” she said. “Why didn't they call me? I could have met him at UMC.”

Dickerson never received a copy of the coroner’s report until it was provided to FOX5 and passed on to the family. She still doesn’t know why her son was on suicide watch, because it doesn’t have that information in the report.

The mother said the whole thing doesn’t make sense, because her son has never been suicidal.

Now she blames the medicine doctors gave him - especially because toxicology reports indicate it was the only thing in his system.

“He's a fighter. He wouldn't just give up like that,” she cried. “The coroner said that you can pass within three minutes if you hang yourself.”

According to the coroner’s report, staff at the jail were checking on Worley every 15 minutes. That’s when they found him “hanging from a sheet on the side of the jail cell bed.”

A spokesman for the City said there were not any surveillance cameras in Worley’s cell.

“I think their policies need to change,” cried Dickerson. “How do you have a bunk bed? How do you have a sheet?”

City officials would not speak on camera because the case is still under investigation.

They said these types of investigations “are very thorough and can sometimes take weeks or even months to complete.”

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