Crime & Courts

SLED investigating after second inmate dies at Midlands jail, coroner says

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An inmate died after a stay at a Sumter County Jail, according to a statement from the local coroner.

Jeremy Antwan Garrett, 35, died at Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital Thursday, according to the statement.

Garrett was being held at the Sumter Lee Detention Center. An autopsy was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, but it is currently unclear what his cause of death is.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating Garrett’s death, according to the statement.

Garrett wasn’t the only inmate who died recently after a stay at the Sumter jail.

In early December, an inmate was found unconscious at the facility. That inmate later died, according to a statement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department.

That man was later identified as Daniel Browder Jr., according to a report from the Sumter Item. SLED is also investigating his death.

Emily Bohatch is a breaking news reporter for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.