Inmate Dies At Kent County Jail

Maddox—Ryan-inmate-deathGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 6, 2014) — An inmate at the Kent County Jail was found dead Monday night.

Ryan Maddox, 28, died around 8:11 p.m., but the official cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.

This is the third death at the Kent County Jail since March 2014.

The most recent charges against Maddox included felony assault from an arrest in December 2013. His criminal record goes back to 2006 and included drunk driving, vehicle theft, and assault.

The following news release was sent to FOX 17 from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department:

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into
the death of Ryan Scott Maddox, W/M, DOB: 1/16/1986, an inmate that was being
housed at the Kent County Correctional Facility. A Corrections Officer found him
unresponsive (no pulse and not breathing) in his cell at approximately 7:49 PM while
conducting a routine well fare check of the inmates.

Additional correctional officers were radioed to assist with resuscitative efforts along with in-house medical staff, the
Grand Rapids Fire Department, and Life Ambulance. Life saving efforts were

The inmate was housed alone and had been incarcerated since November 2013 while
awaiting trial for Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation. An autopsy was conducted
this morning and it was ruled a suicide via asphyxiation.

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  • carole launstein

    Good riddance to trash that the taxpayers won't have to waste their money on to house in a prison!!!!!!!

    • Pamela

      Really trash talk you know he is a son, brother, and possibly a father./husband.. prayers for the family and Carole it's obvious you don't know a thing about cost's in the jail or the court system.. bless you though Carole.. may you find peace for your anger..

    • tiredofignorance

      Your ignorant and heartless I honestly hope that someone your close to makes a mistake and end up like this man did. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Tera

    It's obvious people have no class these days the only one who has the right to judge this man is god and to the truthful bitch as she had called herself I feel for you cause god doesn't like ugly wouldn't wanna be you at those pearly gates

    • Steve

      Methinks a full independent investigation of jail staff ought to occur….its not a stretch to think that the guards are behind these deaths and covering them up as suicide…..hint hint media….