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Inmate dies early Tuesday at Mecklenburg County jail in uptown Charlotte

An inmate has died at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in uptown Charlotte. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
An inmate has died at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in uptown Charlotte. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO

An inmate at the Mecklenburg County jail died Tuesday morning, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The inmate was identified late Tuesday afternoon as 44-year-old Michael Trent.

Trent was found unresponsive in his cell just after 5 a.m. at the central jail at 801 E. Fourth St. in uptown Charlotte, sheriff’s officials said in a news release. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:02 a.m., according to the news release.

The jail website lists Trent as a federal inmate who had been in the jail since Aug. 3, 2018. The federal charge was not shown on the jail website. Jail records show he was in the jail previously on charges including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary and felony possession of cocaine.

The county’s jails have come under scrutiny in the past year, after five inmates died over five months, including one inmate who jumped from a second floor and fractured his skull, reported the Charlotte Observer.

In October, a 33-year-old woman who was a fugitive from California died of an apparent suicide at the jail off Statesville Road.

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Mecklenburg County jail

The Observer reported last year that the jail has had one death annually from 2014 to 2017, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service.

On April 1, an inmate at the Cleveland County Detention Center was killed by another inmate, who is now charged with murder, reported WSOC. The victim was identified as Jeffrey Dunn, 37 and the suspect in the killing is Kenneth Darby, 38, the station reported.

The two men were in a holding cell “waiting for their first court appearances” when the killing happened, reported the Shelby Star.

Details of how Dunn was killed were not released, said the Star.

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