Autopsy shows Durham County jail inmate died from ‘seizure disorder’

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – An inmate who died at the Durham County Detention Facility on Jan. 19, died due to a seizure disorder, according to an autopsy report released by the Durham County Department of Public Health.RELATED: Durham inmate’s death under investigation

Mathew Lamont McCain, 29, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 5:30 a.m. by a member of the detention staff and a nurse, officials said. Medical personnel and detention staff performed CPR on McCain until EMS arrived.

McCain could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the detention center at 6:08 a.m., the report states.

According to the autopsy, McCain had suffered a seizure the day before and had a medical history of a seizure disorder, hypertension and diabetes. No traumatic injuries were present.

“Individuals with seizure disorders often have no anatomic findings present at the time of autopsy to explain the presence of the seizure disorder,” the autopsy said. “Individuals can die suddenly from a seizure despite adequate therapy with anti-seizure medications.”
A group called “Inside-Outside Alliance” claimed that McCain died after a detention officer ignored repeated emergency calls from the inmate as well as fellow inmates.
McCain’s family spoke exclusively to CBS North Carolina in January and said they believed that McCain was not receiving proper care.

“He was not getting the medical care that he really needed,” said McCain’s girlfriend, Ashley Canady.

“I feel he was honestly neglected,” she said. Canady is also the mother of McCain’s newborn baby daughter, whom he never got to meet.

Canady said McCain complained from jail he wasn’t getting necessary medication to treat his diabetes and epilepsy.

“He said ‘they’re not taking care of me in here,’” she said.

“If he would’ve had his medicine and stuff he would still be here today,” Canady said.

McCain had been in jail since last August on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

CBS North Carolina checked and found in the past 16 years 10 more inmates have died at the same facility.

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