Grand Rapids jail inmate dies from asphyxiation

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The Kent County Jail at 703 Ball Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An inmate has died after asphyxiating himself inside a Kent County jail cell earlier this month.

Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young told FOX 17 News on Saturday that the Grand Rapids man, whose identity is not being released, asphyxiated himself inside a cell at the jail, where he was found at 3:05 a.m. June 1 and transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids in critical condition.

She said jail officers saw the man, who appeared fine, during a regular check on June 1 and then found him in distress while conducting their regular rounds about 30 minutes later, performed CPR on him and that he had a pulse and was breathing when he was transported to Butterworth.

Young said the inmate died at the hospital three days later.

The man was booked into the jail on May 24 on charges of manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine. He was being held on $100,000 bond.

Young told FOX 17 that the man was screened for suicidal tendencies when he first was booked into jail and was determined not to be a risk to himself either then or during a second interview.

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6 comments

  • Henry

    Which jail is it, Carl?
    The headline says Grand Rapids jail, the article says Kent County jail, and the photo is of the Kent County jail.
    So either the headline is wrong (and should be fixed) or the article and photo are wrong (and should be fixed).

    • Henry

      “Young told FOX 17 that the man was screened for suicidal tendencies when he first was booked into jail and was determined not to be a risk to himself either then or during a second interview.”

      Did it occur to Fox17 to ask why he was given a second interview? Usually that only happens when an officer sees something unusual that might warrant increased observation. This could be a case of an officer doing a great job but the jail shrink failing at his. Since this is not the first incident of this type, I think a review of the interview process and staff would be warranted. But Fox17 doesn’t even think to ask about it???

      • Dennis

        You are wasting your breath, Henry.
        Nobody at Fox cares about facts or doing real journalism.
        They just cut and paste whatever the cops/court, city leaders, or Tribune tells them to post.