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'Excited delirium' cause of Chelan Jail death

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 (

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,

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