A Wyoming man reportedly died in jail 19 days into his stay that was filled beatings that resulted in black eyes and broken ribs, his family alleges

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  • A Wyoming man died 19 days into his jail sentence, according to a local news report.

  • Leading up to his death, Alvis Shrewsbury told his family members of broken ribs and showed up to video calls with black eyes.

  • He was the fifth person to have died while incarcerated at Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County in a year.

A Wyoming man died after spending 19 days in jail, according to a report from CBS affiliate WBTV.

Alvis Shrewsbury turned himself in on August 29 after being charged with his second DUI, WBTV reported.

While in jail, Shrewsbury called his family members daily. But as the days went on, his appearance on video calls began to worry his family members more and more.

Family members noticed that Shrewsbury had suddenly begun to keep his head down on video calls, avoiding eye contact.

“After we were talking to him on the 10th (of September), he’d already been beaten. His face was black,” his daughter Miranda Smith said, according to WBTV.

Speaking with his mother over a call, he passed on a dismal message, she said, per WBTV.

“He said, ‘Mom if I don’t come home, I love you. I want you to know I love you,” mother Anna Shrewsbury said.

Over the days in jail, Shrewsbury told his family about the conditions in the facility.

“He was telling us about his ribs being broken. It was hard to breathe. He hadn’t had a bowel movement in over a week and nothing was being done about it. He was calling the nurse’s station for help,” Smith said.

Then last weekend, a Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy visited his mother and told her Shrewsbury had died after jail staff transported him to a regional hospital.

“I told my babies he would be fine,” Smith said.

“There’s a million people out there that I don’t know. But they belong to someone. My dad was someone,” Smith added, per WBTV.

Shrewsbury was the fifth person who died in the last year who was imprisoned in the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County, the Register-Herald reported.

Four other people have died while incarcerated at the jail since September 2021. Jail staff found Kyle Robinson unresponsive in his cell in September 2021. Then a month later, John Lewis Jarrell died after staying in jail for a week, the Register-Herald reported.

In March, Quantez Burks died less than two days after having entered the jail. That month, Richard Wriston died a day after entering the hospital.

Shrewsbury’s body is in the custody of the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, WBTV reported. The family plans to conduct an independent autopsy of his body.

The West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

But in a response to the Register-Herald, a spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said his death “is under investigation so we don’t make comments about any death that’s under investigation.”

“It’s protocol for any death whether it’s intentional or accidental – any type of death is then referred to a law enforcement agency who then investigates,” the spokesperson said.

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