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Inmate's nude, lifeless body found in isolation cell

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ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -

An inmate was found dead in his cell early Wednesday morning at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center.

Orangeburg County Administrator Howard Young said the inmate's naked body was discovered by correctional officers in one of their routine searches around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. The Orangeburg County Coroner's office identified the inmate as 38-year-old James Ray Parker of Neeses.

Young says Parker was being kept in an isolation cell because he had been combative with guards and he refused to keep his clothes on. He says there was no one else in the cell with him at the time and officers were performing routine checks on him every 30 minutes. His body was found during one of those checks.

Young says Parker was admitted to their jail on Jan. 27, and he says Parker had several medications with him at the time. Young added Parker was checked in by their medical staff at the detention center.

The coroner's office says they have not determined a cause of death at this time, and they are waiting on toxicology reports.

Young believes the staff did nothing wrong and that no disciplinary action has been taken.

We have a request into the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office for more information on Parker's arrest.

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