Ionia County Jail Inmate Dies while in Custody

IONIA, MI – On Friday March 22nd, 2019, at approximately 4:53am, Ionia County Correctional Officers were alerted by an inmate who indicated he was not feeling well.HILL - Copy

Stuart Nelson Hill, 48-years-old, of Portland MI, spoke with Correctional staff and was placed in a holding cell for observation. Medical staff were also contacted. At approximately 5:30am Mr. Hill had just received his breakfast tray when he collapsed to the floor.

Ionia County Correctional Officers immediately called for EMS to respond to the Ionia County Jail, and also began CPR and first aid procedures including the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), until LIFE EMS paramedics arrived and took over primary patient care for Mr. Hill.

Mr. Hill was transported by LIFE EMS ambulance to the Sparrow Ionia Hospital. While headed to the hospital life saving measures were continued, however were not successful and Mr. Hill was pronounced decease. The death is currently under investigation by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau in conjunction with the Sparrow Lansing Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.

Mr. Hill has been lodged in the Ionia County Jail since March 19, 2019 on Friend of the Court warrants.

Agencies assisting in this case were the Ionia Department of Public Safety, Ionia County Central Dispatch, LIFE EMS, Lehman Funeral Homes, and Ionia County Sheriffs’ Office Victim Advocates.

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