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Last seven hours of teen's life revealed

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - After days of waiting and guessing what could have happened to Eric Perez, the teen, who died at a West Palm Beach detention center, the medical log has finally been released and light has been shed on the last seven hours of his life.

Perez's family attorney, Richard Schuler, released the teen's medical log and the termination letter for one of the fired employees.

The log describes how Perez wasn't seen for more than six hours by a medical professional.

It was 1:30 a.m. when juvenile inmate number 101838 was found sick in his cell.

In the termination letter, hand delivered to the now former supervisor Terence D. Davis, the Department of Juvenile Justice says Davis was called to module B-2.

A family attorney says at that time, Perez had become severely ill and was vomiting.

At 2:15 a.m., Davis was called back to the module and was directed by his superintendent to call nurse Diana Heras for help, but she didn't answer the phone.

Heras has worked for Corizon Health Services, which is contracted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

They sent a statement saying, "Their contract provides medical staff from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends, and that nurses are not on-call during the overnight hours. Instead, the local pediatric physician practice that provides physician services for the facility has a doctor on call at all times."

At 5:40 a.m., four hours and ten minutes after falling ill, Perez was moved to the medical confinement area.

DJJ again says Davis failed to call 911.

What happened next is documented in Perez's medical log. In it, a nurse says at 7:45 a.m. she was told by a supervisor a youth was in medical confinement and had been vomiting through the night. Six minutes later at 7:51 a.m., Perez was observed snoring.

At 7:55 a.m., he stopped breathing.

After numerous attempts to revive him, the medical log says Perez flat-lined, and there was nothing else they could do.

His attorney's say he was pronounced dead at 8:09 a.m.

His cause of death is a question that's yet to be answered.

It could be weeks before an autopsy report is released.

As for the other guard fired, Floyd Powell, he plans to sue the state for wrongful termination. Since Perez's death, he has argued he was given an order not to call 911.

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