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Johnson City woman dies in Washington County Detention Center; 5th inmate to die in custody this year

Staff Reports • Dec 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Washington County Detention Center officers found a woman dead during meal time Tuesday evening.

Donna L. Patillo, 51, of 1110 Lark St. No. 9, slumped over in her cell at 4:52 p.m. Medical assistance was called immediately and Patillo was transported to Johnson City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Patillo had been brought in at the Dentention Center at 12:40 p.m. after being arrested on an outstanding violation of probation warrant. She was being held in booking, awaiting a transport to Sumner County.

Graybeal said hourly rounds had been conducted on Patillo, with her last being checked on at 4:43 p.m. When her meal was brought nine minutes later, she was found slumped over.

The WCSO said Patillo has an extensive medical history and had been prescribed several medications. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was brought in to help with the investigation per WCSO policy.

Patillo was the fifth inmate to die in Washington County custody this year. Charles Frederick Young III, 35, 631 Saylor Hill Road, Limestone, died in the jail back in May. Aaron Michael Bever was found hanging in his cell June 17. Inmate Stewart W. Peppers, 22, 606 Swadley Road, No. 46, was found unconscious around 5:30 or 6 p.m. April 29 and later died. Jay Wiliam Davis, 39, 151 Ridgecrest Road, Jonesborough died at the jail in January.

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