Crime, Fire + Courts

Inmate dies at Yolo County Jail

By From page A2 | May 21, 2013

Yolo County coroner’s officials are investigating the weekend death of a jail inmate.

Todd Alexander Phillips, 29, of West Sacramento, died Saturday at Woodland Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after a correctional officer found him “agitated and upset” in his jail cell shortly before 1 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Dale Johnson said in a news release issued Monday.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” Johnson said. Officers placed Phillips in restraints “for safety reasons” while medical staff responded to the cell. He was then transported to the hospital, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Phillips did not have a cellmate, Johnson said.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but rulings on Phillips’ cause and manner of death have not been determined pending toxicology and other testing procedures.

Phillips had been in jail custody since April 12, when he was arrested by West Sacramento police on various felony and misdemeanor charges, according to Johnson. He was due back in court June 11 for a pretrial hearing.

Lauren Keene

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