'Excited delirium' cause of Chelan Jail deathSeptember 25, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The Chelan county coroner says a man who died in jail in June died as a result of excited delirium with heart disease as a contributing factor.
The report on the death of Jesse Avina Morales was made public Tuesday at the request of The Wenatchee World ( http://bit.ly/19FMyTH).
Police Sgt. Jim West said the jail staff did everything it could to help Morales and detectives found nothing criminal.
The coroner's report says jail staffers contacted the 21-year-old Wenatchee man because he was "yelling about lions eating him" and bouncing off the walls of his cell like a pinball. He stopped breathing after a 16-minute struggle.
Toxicology tests found no drugs in his system.
Morales had been jailed two days earlier for violating a domestic violence no-contact order.
Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com
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