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Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate dies in custody after medical incident

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 16:36:21-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate died while in custody Wednesday morning after a medical incident, officials say.

During routine security checks around 2:45 a.m., a deputy sheriff found 20-year-old Anthony Wayne Yuhas of Virginia Beach in medical distress and immediately gave him aid.

Despite receiving medical attention from the deputy, jail medical staff and Virginia Beach Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel, medics pronounced Yuhas dead at about 3:20 a.m.

Yuhas was admitted into the correctional center on July 27 on a misdemeanor failure to appear charge and was denied bond by a magistrate. Like with all new admissions into the jail, he received a full medical screening and a physical.

Jail officials say Yuhas had a serious preexisting medical condition. Details will not be released due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

As with all in-custody deaths, the incident is being investigated by Virginia Beach Police and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office; this includes reviewing camera footage. This incident has also been reported to the Virginia Department of Corrections, which reviews all in-custody deaths and has the authority to investigate.

Yuhas did not have a cell mate, and officials do not suspect foul play.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk.

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