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Vermilion man dies at Erie County jail

Emil Whitis • Feb 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

(UPDATED WITH PDF, VIDEO)  Another inmate has died at the Erie County jail, this time a 47-year-old man from Vermilion.

Corrections officers checked on Robert Baswell Jr. at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday and found him to be OK in his cell. Then at 2:50 a.m., he was found blue and unresponsive. Paramedics arrived at 3:05 a.m. and could not revive Baswell. He was pronounced dead.

Deputies say Baswell had a number of medical problems since being booked into the jail in October on charges of robbery, possessing criminal tools and theft.

After falling in the shower on Jan. 25, Baswell began to act erratically. Deputies took him to the hospital four times since then. His treatment included two CAT scans, one at NOMS and one at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Each time doctors said they found nothing that would warrant them admitting Baswell for treatment. He was released each time back to the jail.

Baswell's cause of death is pending an autopsy.

He is the second person to die in the jail in recent months. Margaret Stallard, 50, of Sandusky, was pronounced dead in her jail cell at about 9 a.m. Jan. 1, five hours after she was admitted to the facility.

Police arrested Stallard for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after responding to a vehicle break-in on Kevin Drive. Stallard came into the jail in a highly intoxicated state. While autopsy chemical tests are still pending, preliminary information seems to point to a combination of alcohol and pills as the cause of Stallard's death.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Register. Also, click on the PDF below to read the jail reports detailing Baswell's medical treatment and Tuesday's death.

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