Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Autopsy shows Hernando inmate died of natural causes

BROOKSVILLE — A 27-year-old inmate in the Hernando County Detention Center died Wednesday night after suffering a pulmonary embolism, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jessica Dixon complained to inmates that she was having trouble breathing after taking a hot shower. At about 10 p.m., she was taken to the detention center's medical unit, where she was hyperventilating and was cool and clammy to the touch, according to the Sheriff's Office.

After a physician determined she was seriously ill, she was then taken by ambulance to Bayfront Health. She was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m.

An autopsy listed the cause of death as pulmonary embolus and infective endocarditis.

Dixon was in jail after having her bond rescinded. She originally was charged with failure to appear on a charge of possession of paraphernalia.

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