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Inmate suffers medical issue, dies at hospital

A West Valley Detention Center inmate, 63, died at a hospital days after he was admitted, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials reported.
A West Valley Detention Center inmate, 63, died at a hospital days after he was admitted, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials reported.

A West Valley Detention Center inmate died at a hospital days after he was admitted, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials reported.

On Thursday, deputies at the Rancho Cucamonga facility requested a nurse for a 63-year-old inmate, described as an unhoused San Bernardino man. The man seemed to be experiencing a "medical issue" and was conscious but unable to answer questions, sheriff's officials said.

Jail nursing staff examined him and called an ambulance to take him to a hospital, where he was admitted for medical treatment of numerous illnesses. On Sunday, the inmate died at the hospital.

The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded and began an investigation. The cause of death is under investigation.

The inmate's name hasn't been released.

The inmate was arrested by the San Bernardino Police Department in February 2021 on suspicion of felony vandalism and remained in jail until his death. 

Recent inmate deaths

Jose Luis Quesada, 51, died on Dec. 22 at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville. Sheriff’s officials said Quesada made a court appearance at the Victorville Superior Courthouse before having a medical emergency and being sent to the hospital. Before his death, he was housed at West Valley Detention Center.

Sheriff’s officials reported that at 11:20 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Francisco Fraga-Menendez, 67, died after spending several months in the jail ward at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Fraga-Menendez, who was from Yucaipa, had severe medical issues and was receiving treatment at the hospital before he died, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the March 2023 incident is urged by the sheriff’s department to contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 909-890-4904. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or wetip.com. 

This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Sheriff's inmate suffers medical issue, dies at hospital