Inmate Collapses, Dies At Polk County Jail

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate collapsed and died while waiting in line for lunch at a central Florida jail.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 50-year-old Robert Joseph Lorenz began slumping over around noon Sunday. He was caught by a corrections officer and taken to the Polk County Jail infirmary. A sheriff’s report says Lorenz was unresponsive when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/vYZvER ) reports Lorenz had been in jail for about a week. He was jailed for violating his probation on a petty theft charge.

According to a sheriff’s office report, Lorenz did not notify jail officials of any pre-existing conditions when he was booked.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Source: Associated Press

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