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Autopsy scheduled to determine cause of death of Polk County inmate found unresponsive in cell


SEBRING, Florida — An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death for a Polk County jail inmate found unresponsive in his cell.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman says deputies noticed that 37-year-old Bruce Ives did not wake up when his breakfast tray was slid into his cell early Saturday. Deputies entered the cell, where Ives lived alone, and found him lying face down on his mattress.

Horstman says the deputies determined Ives was breathing and a nurse found he had a weak pulse, but he did not wake up.

Ives was taken to a Sebring hospital, where he died.

Horstman says Ives, a Jamaican national who had been living in Lakeland, had been arrested in February for violating probation. Ives had previous arrests for retail theft and robbery.

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