Immigration detainee dies in Stewart Detention Center after "self-inflicted strangulation"

(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

STEWART COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – A Panamanian man dies while in ICE custody at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin.

Federal investigators say 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph died after he was found unresponsive in his cell with a sheet around his neck.

The preliminary cause of his death was ruled as a "self-inflicted strangulation."

Jimenez-Joseph was taken into ICE custody in March after his felony conviction for motor vehicle larceny.

He was in the process of being deported at the time of his death.

According to the Stewart County Coroner, Jimenez-Joseph's body will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Decatur for an autopsy.

The Trump administration recently confirmed it is seeking more detention space as it cracks down on illegal immigration.

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