2 inmates die in Cobb, DeKalb jails just days apart

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Two jail inmates died just days apart in DeKalb and Cobb counties, according to both sheriff’s offices Tuesday.

The first man died Friday at the DeKalb jail, Sheriff Melody Maddox said in a statement. Michael Breedlove, 33, suffered a medical emergency in his cell and was found unresponsive.

Medical personnel began treating Breedlove at the jail and he was taken to the hospital, Maddox said. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Breedlove’s death is being investigated by the sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards, Maddox said. The medical examiner has not released his cause of death, and no other details were released.

Breedlove was booked July 14 on a bench warrant, as well as a felony count related to marijuana distribution, jail records show.

The second death happened Monday in the Cobb jail, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Randi Okray. Fernando Carr, 29, began suffering from chest pains while in the recreation yard. He had a documented heart condition and struggled with drug addiction, Okray said.

Carr was immediately taken to the infirmary and given fluids. Initially, he seemed responsive to the treatment and was engaged with the medical staff, Okray said, but he suffered a second episode while receiving care. He was given emergency treatment by the detention center’s medical staff and taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He died later that day at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Okray said.

The sheriff’s office notified the GBI of Carr’s death and opened an internal investigation, following standard protocol, according to Okray. The Cobb medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Carr was booked Nov. 1 on multiple felony charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, jail records show.

Breedlove and Carr were both being held without bond.

Neither inmate death is the first at their respective jails this year. Breedlove is at least the third detainee to die while in custody of the DeKalb jail. On May 29, 20-year-old Enil Guillen died of an apparent suicide, the sheriff’s office said. Nearly two months later, Ricky Lavoghn McCullum, 58, died there after returning from more than a week in the hospital. Officials have not said what caused his death.

Cobb’s detention center has also seen three inmate deaths this year. Augustus Green, 19, died in an apparent suicide on Father’s Day, the sheriff’s office said. He was in a standard cell and had not expressed any suicidal thoughts, according to officials. In September, 60-year-old Raymond Marti suffered a seizure and was taken to Kennestone, where he was pronounced dead.

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