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Man dies after being found unresponsive in west-central Minnesota jail cell

Meeker County Jail staff attempted life-saving measures after finding a 28-year-old man unresponsive in his cell Thursday, the sheriff reported in a news release. The man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. There is no evidence of foul play at this time, according to Sheriff Brian Cruze.

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LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A Meeker County Jail inmate died Thursday after being found unresponsive.

Brady Lee Schmidt, 28, of Dassel, was found at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in his cell and jail staff attempted life-saving measures, according to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

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Brady Lee Schmidt died Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell.
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Litchfield Rescue Squad and Mayo Ambulance were dispatched to the jail to assist. Schmidt was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield where he was pronounced dead.

According to the release from Sheriff Brian Cruze, there is no evidence of foul play at this time. Schmidt was in custody awaiting a first court appearance on a second-degree driving while impaired charge.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called to investigate, and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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