WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. — An inmate reportedly died in Wayne County jail last week, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Jail officials said on Sept. 27, jail staff discovered 47-year-old Mica Shawn Griffith had a blockage to his airway.
According to the sheriff’s office, jail corrections and medical staff immediately acted to clear his airway while waiting for the arrival of EMS. Griffith was transported to a nearby hospital but later died.
Earlier in the day, Griffith reportedly intentionally dove headfirst from the top bunk of his cell to the floor, causing a significant laceration to the top of his head. He visited Reid Health for his head injury.
When he returned to Wayne County Jail, police say suicide precautions were implemented to minimize the potential for further harm.
Security video showed Griffith was provided lunch in his cell. He reportedly shoved hotdogs and bread directly into his airway, resulting in the choking incident.
Griffith was lodged in the facility on Sept. 22 on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of operating while intoxicated.
A complete investigation into Griffith’s death is being conducted in cooperation with the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.