An 18-year-old male inmate’s death is under investigation at the Dawson County Jail. The inmate, 18-year-old Hugo Diego-Andres of Lexington was found unresponsive during a cell check Friday evening. Medical aid was rendered and a paramedic unit was summoned according to the a joint news release from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Dawson County Attorney’s Office.
The inmate was transported to Lexington Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead. Diego-Andres had been booked at 4:05pmthat day by Lexington Police Department on suspicion of Third Degree Sexual Assault and an Immigration hold.
The South Central Area Law Enforcement Services (SCALES) investigation unit was activated and investigators from the Kearney Police Department and the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office were assigned to conduct the investigation. An autopsy has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing.
Under Nebraska law, a Grand Jury must be convened whenever a person dies while in the custody of a law enforcement officer or detention personnel.