Autopsy finds High Point inmate died of natural causes

Autopsy finds High Point inmate died of natural causes

5:05pm Jan 31, 2022
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An autopsy has determined that a man who passed away while jailed in High Point last year died of natural causes.

In September, 27-year-old Dakota Stevens was found in his cell unresponsive but still breathing. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died the next day.

An autopsy performed at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem determined that Stevens died from complications of intravenous drug use.

Investigators reported that prior to his arrest, Stevens had been hospitalized with sepsis, but left the treatment against doctor’s orders. 

The autopsy found no significant injuries that would have contributed to his death.

Stevens had been in the High Point Detention Center for about a week after being arrested for missing a court appearance.

Guilford County Sheriff’s Office officials declined to comment on the case. 

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