Prisoner in New York dies after swallowing soap

Father holds the photo of Jason Echeverria  
By: Sarah Weiss 

A prisoner who attempted to be freed by swallowing soap, died instead, according to reports.

The prisoner swallowed the soap while the ruthless captain ignored him as the prisoner suffered for 20 minutes after which the prisoner died. A correction officer has been charged in a scathing report.

Robbery suspect Jason Echeverria, who expected the soap stint to free him from solitary confinement, instead landed in the morgue of Rikers Island. Both the Bronx District Attorney and the Department of Corrections are investigating the city prisoner death, according to sources.

Echeverria died slowly and painfully in his cell after gobbling the super-concentrated capsule used by prisoners to rub their isolation units. An officer on duty at night, in the written report, said that the captain ignored a call by Echeverria for immediate medical treatment, according to several sources familiar with the prison.

"A good 20 minutes passed" as Echeverria became violently ill before he died, said a jail source. Echeverria’s angry father, Ramon, 66, is demanding answers. "When I went to identify his body he had bruises on his neck," the father told the local newspaper. "I do not know what happened behind the walls."

Echeverria was cast in "The Bing unit", after he was found with a knife, jail sources said. Video surveillance from that night shows a correction officer and a captain at a brief stop in front of the cell of the prisoner before leaving, several jail insiders said.

The rest of the recording was lost due to an outage of four hours in the jail, sources said.