Yakima jail inmate dies suddenly

YAKIMA, Wash. - A jail inmate died in his cell early Wednesday morning. The cause of his death is unknown.

Moon Martin, 35, had been held at Yakima County jail since Jan. 22 of this year. He was transferred from a facility in Puyallup.

The autopsy suggests the cause of death was a buildup of fluid in the lungs, possibly from some kind of allergic reaction. Toxicology results are pending.

Moon had just completed a chemical dependency program on Monday before dying two days later. He showed no signs of having difficulties at that time, according to a news release. 

Jail staff said he would normally snore through the night. They checked on him at about 3:10 a.m. after he abruptly stopped snoring and his breathing became labored. He was transported in an Advance Life Support Ambulance and pronounced dead after paramedics failed to revive him.

He had no medical issues known to the jail. The Yakima County Sheriff's Office and the corrections department will each conduct their own investigation of his death. 

Moon was supposed to be transferred back to a Puyallup jail facility on Jul. 3. He was being held in a cell block housing a total of 54 inmates with a capacity to hold up to 72. 


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