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Man dies in jail cell after arrest in child porn case

ELYRIA – A 47-year-old man died in an Elyria Police Department holding cell after being arrested in connection to a child pornography investigation.

Police executed a search warrant at 9:19 a.m. Monday on Purdue Avenue with investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children Department.

Inside the home, detectives found hundreds of videos and still photos of adolescents and toddlers engaged in sexual conducts with adults, according to a news release.

The man was placed into custody for being in possession of the material and taken to the Elyria Police Department to be processed.

The man was checked on every 30 minutes, the release said. When detectives entered the cell at one point to check on the man, he appeared to be deceased and showed no signs of life, the release said.

The Lorain County Coroner’s Office and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate the death,

Police are waiting to notify the family of the man before releasing his identity.

No additional information is available.

Contact Jodi Weinberger 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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