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Tarrant County inmate dies in hospital ICU, marking 10th death in 2022

Information about what caused the inmate to be hospitalized wasn’t immediately available.

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas — A 56-year-old inmate died at John Peter Smith Hospital’s ICU on Tuesday, according to medical examiner records.

The inmate, identified as Kelvin Lavon Brown, is the tenth person to die in the custody of Tarrant County Sheriff's Office this year, according to WFAA's partners at Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The sheriff's office said in a news release that Brown was arrested on Sept. 6, 2022, and charged with abandoning/endangering a child with intent to return.

Brown was later transferred from Tarrant County jail to John Peter Smith Hospital on Oct. 28, the sheriff's office said. According to officials, Brown was being treated for stage 4 cancer when he died.

“Every death is tragic and we do the best we can to make sure our inmates have the best conditions possible while in our jail," Sheriff Bill Waybourn said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this inmate was terminally ill when he came into our facility.”

The sheriff's office said the case will be under investigation by numerous agencies, including the Texas Attorney General's Office, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and JPS Hospital.

Here are the other nine in-custody deaths reported in 2022, according to the Star-Telegram: 

  • Alvie Johnson Jr., 74
  • James Carrell New, 80
  • Edgar Villatoro-Alvarez, 40 
  • Oh Young Park, 54
  • Thomas Simpkins, 70 
  • Richard Marta, 50
  • Trelynn Wormley, 23
  • Lyonell Mitchell Jr., 72
  • Kenneth Ray Perry, 65

For more background on the nine other inmates who have died in-custody, read the Star-Telegram here.

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