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Family questions man’s death in prison

May 6, 2019

A mother who claims neglect led to her son’s death while in prison said Monday that she wants answers from the state.

Jordan Jedlica, 32, was serving a 19-month sentence in Warren Correctional Institution for breaking and entering. Authorities said he was found unresponsive in his cell last Thursday and was sent to Duke University Hospital. He died in the hospital on Saturday.

Jedlica’s mother, Tanya Marski, and his older brother said Monday that he had low sodium levels and swelling on the brain. He showed no signs of physical trauma, they said.

“I want to know from the prison what happened to him. Why was he put into solitary? Why wasn’t he monitored?” Marski asked.

John Bull, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said authorities are “looking into the circumstances surrounding the death,” but state and federal law prohibits the release of inmate medical information.

His family described Jedlica as bright but quiet, noting that he had a condition where he struggled to connect with others socially. That, they said, likely led to him getting in trouble for petty crimes, such as trespassing and theft.

“He never hurt a soul. He was a little lost. He didn’t know how to relate to people that well,” Marski said.

Jedlica’s older brother, Justin Jedlica, said he plans to use his national profile as the “human Ken doll” – he has undergone more than 300 cosmetic procedures – too attract attention to his brother’s case from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil McGraw.

“This is my baby brother,” Justin Jedlica said. “I’m the oldest of all of our siblings. I feel like this was my kid.”

Jordan Jedlica’s body will be examined by a medical examiner this week, which his family hopes will answer some of their questions.