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Death of inmate reported at Jeff Davis Parish Jail

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Posted at 6:02 AM, Apr 04, 2022

An inmate housed in the Jeff Davis Parish Jail reportedly died Sunday due to medical conditions.

The sheriff's office said deputies observed the inmate in distress inside his cell around 4:11 pm on April 3.

Medical employees at the jail administered CPR to the inmate before he was transferred to the Ochsner American Legion Hospital in Jennings.

The inmate, identified as 43-year-old Cody Joe Leger, was pronounced dead at 4:33 pm by emergency room physicians.

On Tuesday, the Jeff Davis Parish Coroner and Sheriff's Office reported that the autopsy performed on Cody Joe Leger by the Louisiana Forensic center Lafayette found the preliminary cause of death was severe hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. No injuries were found, the toxicology is pending.

Leger was booked into the parish jail on March 29, 2022, on charges of entering or remaining on premises after forbidden, Violation of protective orders, simple assault, Failure to pay child support, Domestic abuse battery with strangulation, domestic abuse battery with child endangerment and simple assault.

Following his booking, Leger was brought to the hospital, deputies said. He was released from the hospital on March 29 and was being monitored by jail and medical personnel, according to the sheriff's office.

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