A female inmate died at the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus and the cause of her death will not be out until the last week of October.
The Indiana State Police is investigating the case.
Blair Collapsed at Jail
The 42-year-old inmate from 402 Pennsylvania St., Elizabethtown collapsed and became unresponsive as the jail staff talked to her.
Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Indiana State Police, said:
“As a matter of fact they were there while she was still conscious and she was able to talk to them for a brief time before she actually did collapse.”
Emergency treatment was given and an ambulance was summoned at 10:49 p.m. But attempts to revive her were futile.
Blair was taken to the Columbus Regional Hospital. She was declared dead at 11:21 p.m. by Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting.
The next day, an autopsy was done at Columbus Regional Hospital. Toxicology samples were analyzed at NMS Labs, located north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“We hopefully can come up with a determination of what exactly caused her death and where the investigation needs to go from there.”
Results of the toxicology and autopsy will likely take three weeks. The cause of her death will be revealed when results come out.
Blair in Jail on Probation Violation
On May 22, she received a suspended two-year sentence.
But few weeks later, she was put to jail again on a local warrant over probation violations.
On Aug. 14, it was determined that she had used methamphetamine while she was on probation period. Records also showed that she skipped out from a reporting program.
She was serving the remaining time of her 388-day jail sentence when she died.
Blair had been involved in two previous drug-related cases, which cited probation violations.