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Inmate Death at St. Mary Law Enforcement Center Under Investigation


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St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith announced an inmate at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center has died. Eric Charles Jr., 32, of Morgan City died on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, Charles was found unresponsive in the facility. Correctional officers and nursing staff responded, as well as EMTs with Acadian Ambulance. Charles was transported to Franklin Foundation Hospital and then on to Lafayette General Medical Center by helicopter.

Charles’ death remains under investigation, but investigators have found no evidence of foul play. An autopsy is pending.

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