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State Police Investigating Bartholomew County Jail Inmate Death

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The inmate died at the jail over the weekend.

Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at the Bartholomew County Jail over the weekend.

Police say Angela L. Blair of Elizabethtown, 42, died after jail staff responded to her need for medical attention.

According to Indiana State Police Sargent Stephen Wheeles, the jail staff arrived at Blair’s cell after being notified by another inmate that she needed medical attention. Wheeles says after they arrived she collapsed and became unresponsive.

“As a matter of fact they were there while she was still conscious and she was able to talk to them for a brief time before she actually did collapse,” Wheeles says.

Jail staff began medical treatment and called an ambulance which took Blair to Columbus Regional Hospital. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and Blair was pronounced dead by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.

“I don’t want the public to speculate on what exactly may have happened,” says Wheeles. “It’s going to take some time before the detectives can gather all of the facts and conduct interviews with all of the other inmates and the jail staff that was there.”

Police say Blair was in jail for violating probation related to previous drug-related charges. Wheeles could not determine at the time how long she had been in jail.

“We hopefully can come up with a determination of what exactly caused her death and where the investigation needs to go from there,” he says.

Wheeles says the cause of death won’t be determined until results of the autopsy and toxicology tests return. That could take up to three weeks.

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