Durham inmate’s death under investigation

Matthew McCain

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham County Department of Public Health has launched an investigation into the Jan. 19 death of an inmate at the Durham County Detention Facility.

UPDATE: Autopsy shows Durham County jail inmate died from ‘seizure disorder’

Matthew Lamont McCain, 29, was found unresponsive in his cell by a member of the detention staff and a nurse, officials said. Medical personnel and detention staff performed CPR on McCain until EMS arrived.

McCain could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the detention center, officials said.

The department will review the inmate’s medical chart and assess the clinical care practices at the facility, officials said in a release. The SBI was notified Jan. 19 of McCain’s death, which is standard protocol.

A group called “Inside-Outside Alliance” claims that the inmate died after a detention officer ignored repeated emergency calls from the inmate as well as fellow inmates.

The Department of Public Health said it will review sick call requests and medical grievances made by the inmate. The department also said it will work with the staff at the detention facility to recreate a timeline of events in order to better understand what happened on Jan. 19.

There are no staffing changes or disciplinary action related to this incident, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said.

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