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Investigation ongoing in Ionia County inmate death

Posted: 9:46 PM, Mar 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-25 21:46:57-04
Stewart Nelson-Hill

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — A Portland man told Ionia County correctional officers he wasn't feeling well at 4:53 a.m. March 22. By 5:30 that morning, he was dead.

Stewart Nelson Hill, 48, told officers he wasn't feeling well and was placed in a holding cell for observation. Medical staff was contacted. He collapsed after receiving his breakfast tray at 5:30 a.m.

The corrections officers called for EMS and began CPR and other first aid procedures. They used a defibrillator while waiting for paramedics to arrive, according to a press release.

The paramedics from LIFE EMS took Hill to Sparrow Ionia Hospital. They continued to try keeping him alive while in the ambulance but were unsuccessful. Hill was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital, according to the release.

Hill's death is under investigation by the Ionia County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau and will have an autopsy at the Sparrow Lansing Medical Examiner's Office.

Hill had been lodged at the jail since March 19 on Friend of the Court warrants, according to the release.