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Inmate death

Lehigh County Corrections Director announced in a Dec. 30 release the death of 21-year-old Jarett Deemer, a resident of the Lehigh County Community Corrections Center, was found unresponsive in his bed at 3:26 a.m. Corrections officers called 911 and began CPR in an attempt to save his life. Deemer was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, where he was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m.

Lehigh County District Attorney’s office and the Lehigh County Coroner’s office are investigating the death. An autopsy was scheduled for Dec. 31.

Deemer was serving time for violating the terms of his probation/parole supervision, which stemmed from previous charges of theft by unlawful taking and possession of a controlled substance.

He was transferred to the Community Corrections Center earlier this month where he had been enrolled in programming.

The housing unit where the resident was found went into temporary lockdown until Lehigh County Detectives could clear the scene. Housing residents were moved to another housing unit during this process. The CCC resumed normal operations by later morning.