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Deputies investigate inmate death in Charlotte County

Charlotte County Sheriffs
Posted at 3:34 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:34:34-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate.

Charlotte County Deputies say Hailee Lynn Mathews, 25, was booked into the Jail on November 20 on possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and the possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say Mathews was housed in a quarantine pod for observation due to her recent entry into the jail. Observations were completed every 30 minutes due to her detox status. Quarantine procedures such as temperature checks are required and were performed multiple times a day.

Mathews was found unresponsive in her cell with a piece of fabric around her neck.

Jail staff immediately performed life-saving measures, and Mathews was transported to a local hospital.

Unfortunately, the injuries sustained severely impacted her brain function. Mathews succumbed to her injury’s days later while still in the hospital on November 27, 2020.

This case is still under investigation.