Man dies while in custody at Tippecanoe County Jail

David J. Tom, 34, of Lafayette, Indiana was found unresponsive in his one man cell during a routine check by jail staff.

David J. Tom, 34, of Lafayette, Indiana was found unresponsive in his one man cell during a routine check by jail staff.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana State Police and the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate in the Tippecanoe County Jail. David J. Tom, a thirty-four year old resident of Lafayette, Indiana was found unresponsive in his one man cell during a routine check by jail staff at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15th, 2008.

Tom had been in custody since his arrest by Lafayette Police on the morning of Thursday, December 11th. He was later booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail at around 6:52 a.m. and charged in Tippecanoe County Superior Court 5 with one count each of Domestic Battery, Criminal Confinement, and Battery by Strangulation. He was being held on a $5,000.00 Surety Bond.

According to Sheriff Tracy Brown, the investigation into Tom’s death continues and the results of an autopsy are pending.

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2 Responses to “Man dies while in custody at Tippecanoe County Jail”

  1. Mark Klinger says:

    The Tippecanoe County Jail Staff do not care one bit about the inmates. I have seen alot of the officers at the jail beat and slam inmates for no reason. Alot of the time they do not give meds out on time and also sometime do not let them take showers for weeks at a time. The officers use force that is crul and mean to inmates. I have seen a officer give a cell phone to a inmate to use and also gave hime pot. I also saw a male office have sex with another inmate. Also i seen a officer somoke in the pod once. I have the names of the officer who did this. The jail is nothing but a joke.

  2. woodstk1975 says:

    This is no surprise, considering new inmates and kept in holding in their cell 23 hours a day an average of 35 days. It can take them up to a week to get a response for medical service. This is a result of overcrowding. I recently searched and found stories of overcrowding from 2000/2001 and obviously no one has done anything about this issue. Its time someone does something, dogs at the pound are treated better than inmates at the Tippecanoe County Jail.

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