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Euclid jail inmate dies, marking third death in Cuyahoga County-run jail this week

August 31, 2018

Euclid jail inmate dies, marking third death in Cuyahoga County-run jail this week

EUCLID, Ohio — An inmate at the Euclid jail died on Friday, marking the third death at a Cuyahoga County-run jail this week.

Eliza Wing, a Cuyahoga County spokeswoman, confirmed late Friday that an inmate died. She said she would not comment further because the death is under investigation.

The inmate’s name has not yet been released. Wing would not say under what circumstances the inmate died.

Two inmates died this week at the main Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland.

Gregory Fox, 36, died Thursday at MetroHealth, two days after he was taken to the hospital from the downtown jail. Joseph Arquillo, 47, of Cleveland, also died after spending about nine hours Tuesday in the downtown jail.

County officials have not released information about the circumstances surrounding those two deaths, but said investigations are underway. 

Five inmates have died in 2018 in jails run by the county. There hasn’t been more than two inmate deaths in one years in the last decade at the downtown jail. No other inmates have died at the Euclid jail in the last decade, according to Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner records.

Cuyahoga County took over the operation of the Euclid jail in 2014.

In the May 20 letter, obtained by cleveland.com, Marcus Harris, director of nursing since 2015, said he quit his job in January amid inmate safety and ethics concerns fueled in large part by poor oversight by county officials, including jail director Ken Mills. 

At the Euclid jail, two inmates suffered hypertensive emergencies that required them to be sent to a doctor outside the facility, and others with diabetes were left untreated, Harris said. People at times did not receive seizure medication or treatment for HIV, Harris told cleveland.com in May. 

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