ST. LOUIS COUNTY (Tuesday, February 4, 2020) -- A St. Louis County inmate’s cause of death was a stroke, according to an autopsy report.
Jo’von Mitchell, 31, fell ill at the St. Louis County Justice Center last month and was transferred to a hospital where he died a few days later.
Mitchell’s autopsy report shows that he died of natural causes from a non-traumatic hemorrhage of the left cerebellum. A mass located in the left cerebellum was the result of an ischemic stroke. This is characterized by a sudden lack of oxygen to support metabolic function in the brain which subsequently bled.
Both Mitchell’s age and the location of the stroke are uncommon. From 2014-2018, 1.6% of St. Louis County residents that died of stroke were 25 to 44 years of age. Ischemic strokes in the cerebellum typically only comprise about 2% of all strokes and are more likely to be fatal.
Risk factors for strokes include a history of cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases (including high cholesterol and diabetes), obesity, smoking, alcohol use, illicit drug use, dietary factors, genetic factors and older age. No substances or trauma contributed to Mitchell’s cause of death, according to the autopsy report.
Monitoring vital signs are an industry standard and help determine medical care, but they do not always identify all potential medical issues. The Department of Public Health will continue to review its health screenings and work closely with the Justice Services Advisory Board.
“The county counselor’s Sunshine Law working group is currently reviewing the internal reports of Jo’von Mitchell and the four other inmates to see what we can release to the public in a way that does not infringe on the rights of the inmates and their families, or on our County employees,” said County Counselor Beth Orwick. “We will have more to announce on that in the coming days.”