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Family Demands Answers After Jailhouse Death

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking for answers after a man died overnight while in police custody, WAPT reports.

29-year-old Jamal Mallard died early Sunday morning while in a holding cell at a downtown Jackson Jail.

Officials say they found Mallard on the floor of the holding cell. American Medical Response was called, and they pronounced him dead on arrival.

Mallard’s family wants answers.

“This morning, they said, ‘Your son is dead,’ and I just started hollering,” mother Nanette Mallard told WAPT.

Police said Mallard led them on a foot chase after stealing a lawnmower Saturday night. He escaped, but was later detained after cops where alerted that he had returned home.

“I called them to come pick my child up,” Nanette Mallard said. “The next thing I know, he’s dead. I feel terrible. If he would have stayed here, he probably would still be alive.”

Officers did not report a struggle with Mallard, who was taken to headquarters and charged with petty larceny. He was in a holding cell at the jail for more than two hours before being found unresponsive.

Vance said he does not know Mallard’s medical history or whether he had a criminal history. He also stated that no signs of trauma were found by the department.

Mallard also did not complain of pain or show any indication that something was wrong with his health, officials say.