Champaign County authorities investigate death of inmate

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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office and Champaign County Coroner say they are investigating the April 1 death of an inmate at Champaign County Satellite Jail.

Authorities say Phillip Day, 52, was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m.  Day was arrested March 30 on three outstanding warrants.  The Champaign County Sheriff's Office says that Day was alone in a cell at the time of his death, and prior to his death, Day ate his lunch and then appeared to take a nap with his head facing away from the cell door.

Authorities say when an officer attempted to move Day to another cell, it was discovered that Day was not breathing.  Officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived, and Day was pronounced dead a short time later.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says an autopsy was performed on Thursday, which revealed no signs of trauma or foul play.  However, Northrup says the preliminary autopsy revealed the presence of chronic liver disease.

Day's death is being investigated by the Multi-Jurisdictional Investigative Team, led by Illinois State Police, at the request of Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh.  We will provide updates as they become available.

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