Jail inmate dies at hospital

An inmate found unresponsive at Seneca County Jail was pronounced dead at Mercy Tiffin Hospital Tuesday.

Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said Doug Askam, 33, of Fostoria, was pronounced dead at 7 a.m.

Askam arrived at the jail around 1:30 p.m. June 28 and was put on observation due to some medical issues, he said.

Eckelberry said officials had been checking on Askam, who was in one of the holding cells in the booking area. He was checked on about halfway through the morning and was unresponsive about an hour and a half later, when it was time for breakfast, the sheriff said.

Eckelberry said an ambulance was summoned shortly after 6 a.m., and Tiffin EMS transported Askam to the emergency room.

He said the cause of death was unknown, but foul play is not suspected.

The body was taken to the Lucas County coroner’s office, and an autopsy was performed Wednesday. The cause of death remained undetermined that evening.

The person who performed the autopsy was waiting for the toxicology report to be returned to better determine what caused the death, Eckelberry said.

Askam was incarcerated on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, fifth-degree felonies; falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor; and two probation violations. One is a general felony and the other is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Askam was to have a hearing in Fostoria Municipal Court for the falsification, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine charges at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the court’s website.