BROOKSVILLE — A 37-year-old Hernando County Jail inmate died Monday afternoon from an apparent seizure he suffered while inside his cell.
According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, jail deputies observed Edward A. Thomas of Dade City to be in the throes of a seizure about 4:16 p.m.
A nurse making rounds in the housing area immediately responded to Thomas' cell and found him on a lower bunk, awake and responsive to her inquiries. He told her he had not experienced seizures before.
According to the report, when Thomas began to have trouble breathing, paramedics were called. While the nurse and deputies placed him on the floor and continued talking to him to slow down his breathing, Thomas apparently experienced another seizure.
Although his condition improved somewhat by the time paramedics arrived, the inmate collapsed again during an attempt to move him from his cell. He was placed in the ambulance as CPR efforts continued, but was pronounced dead at Brooksville Regional Hospital at 5:17 p.m.
Thomas was booked into the jail Friday for failure to pay court-ordered child support. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. According to the Sheriff's Office, which recently took over operations at the jail from Corrections Corporation of America, preliminary indications are that Thomas' death was from natural causes.