Inmate found dead in Jefferson County Jail identified

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the inmate who was found dead in his Jefferson County Jail cell over the weekend.

Jermaine Eric Crenshaw, 48, of Birmingham, was arrested on burglary and theft charges on Oct. 19. Crenshaw was housed in the Jefferson County Jail since the arrest.

On Saturday, Crenshaw was discovered unresponsive in his private cell by jail staff just after 5 a.m.

An autopsy has not found evidence of trauma or foul play associated with this death.

The incident is under investigation.

Stay with CBS 42 as this story develops.

ORIGINAL: A 48-year-old inmate was found dead in his Jefferson County Jail cell early Saturday morning.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was performing a cell check around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham when he discovered a 48-year-old man unresponsive in his cell.

Medical personnel responded to the cell, but were unable to revive the inmate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the inmate was alone in his cell and there was no sign of foul play or trauma. JCSO believes the inmate died from natural causes.

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