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The Clark County jail is pictured in this file photo.

JEFFERSONVILLE — Police are investigating after an inmate of the Clark County jail died at a hospital Friday night.

Amanda Joy Lewis, 42, was found unresponsive in her cell at 7:34 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff's Office. CPR and first aid were rendered and Lewis was transported to Clark Memorial Hospital, where she died at 8:16 p.m.

Her death came just days after she was arrested in Clarksville on charges, including theft and possession of a syringe.

An autopsy was performed Saturday, but Clark County Coroner Billy Scott said it could be several weeks before even a preliminary cause of death can be determined, after toxicology reports are returned and other medical information reviewed. The release states that Lewis had "numerous pre-existing medical conditions."

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death, at the request of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

Court records show Lewis was arrested July 1 at Walmart, after she allegedly walked out of the store with $119 worth of stolen items. She had an initial hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. July 3 in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2, but online court records show she refused to go to the hearing. The records show she also refused the new hearing set for 9 a.m. July 5.

This story will be updated as more information is made available. 

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.

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