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Jail inmate death investigation reopened after TV report airs

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 12:41:13-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A sheriff's office in western Michigan has reopened its investigation into the death of a jail inmate following a television station's reports about the circumstances of the death.

WOOD-TV 's review of surveillance video from the Muskegon County jail revealed a guard watched 39-year-old Paul Bulthouse suffer one of 17 seizures, then walked away.

Sheriff Michael Poulin said Thursday his department's internal investigation hadn't uncovered that detail.

The department had earlier closed its investigation into Bulthouse's April 4 death, finding no wrongdoing.

The TV station's investigation was based on video from the inside and outside of Bulthouse's cell that was the obtained from the jail through a public records request.

Bulthouse's doctor has said the jail cut off Bulthouse's prescription of a medicine that's used to manage panic attacks and seizures.

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