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Prison Inmate Kills Himself in Very Bizarre Way Involving Water


"significant intentional liquid consumption"

An autopsy revealed an inmate died by drinking too much water. (AP)

An autopsy released last week reveals a prison inmate in California died in May after drinking a "significant amount of water." It's unclear if 29-year-old Todd Alexander Phillips drank the water in a suicide ploy, or if the death was an accidental result of the mass ingestion.

Phillips, who was being held at Monroe Detention Center on suspicion of felony drug offenses, died of "significant intentional liquid consumption," according to medical examiners.

Water Bottles An autopsy revealed an inmate died by drinking too much water. (AP)

Officials found no foul play, but aren't sure if Phillips drank the water as part of a stunt or as a means of committing suicide.

"It is unknown if the decedent consumed water to intentionally end his life, as an attention-seeking behavior or if he was responding to auditory hallucinations," read a coroner's report obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

Phillips had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and drug abuse. Just days earlier, he had been on suicide watch.

Sheriff's officials reportedly said hours before Phillips died he had stationed himself in his bunk "agitated and upset."

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(H/T: Sacramento Bee)



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