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Pretrial detainee found dead inside Nashua Street Jail

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A pretrial detainee was found dead early Sunday morning inside the Nashua Street Jail in Boston’s West End, authorities said.

A corrections officer found the man apparently sleeping “in what appeared to be an awkward position” during regularly scheduled rounds at about 2:30 a.m., according to a statement released by Peter Van Delft, spokesman for Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins.

The officer tried and failed to rouse the unresponsive detainee, Van Delft said in the statement, then alerted an emergency medical response team and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the detainee.

Boston Emergency Medical Services soon arrived, and pronounced the man dead at about 2:55 a.m., Van Delft said.

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