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Indian national dies in ICE custody after posting bond with La Paz County Sheriff

An Indian man behing held in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a county jail, died at a hospital in Parker, Ariz., on Friday morning.

Simratpal Singh, 21, was found "unresponsive and not breathing," by personnel with the La Paz County Sheriff's Office in Parker, Ariz., about 230 miles northwest of Tucson. 

Singh had been charged with assault and sexual assault, and he had posted bond, however, rather than being released, he was transferred to ICE custody, officials said. While waiting for a transfer to an immigration facility on Thursday, Singh was found by jail staff, who called local paramedics.

Singh was transported by ambulance to the La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker and was later airlifted to the Abrazo West Campus Hospital in Goodyear, Ariz., about 120 miles southwest. 

On Friday at 1:58 a.m., hospital staff declared Singh dead, ICE officials said. 

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, officials said.

Singh is the fifth detainee to die in ICE custody in fiscal year 2019, and the second in just over a month in Arizona. 

The Indian consulate has been advised of Singh's death, ICE said.

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A Mexican man died on April 5 after he was transferred to ICE custody at the Florence Service Processing Center after he showed signs and symptoms of the flu.

The agency said that "consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been advised about the death." The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility has also been contacted, officials said. 

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