Inmate dies in custody at a Tulare County jail

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An inmate was found unresponsive at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Facility, and was soon declared deceased Wednesday.

Just before 8 a.m., deputies found Albert Balderas unresponsive in his cell. First-aid was administered and Balderas was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Authorities say Balderas has been in custody and in a cell by himself since his arrest in July 11, 2018.

“No obvious signs of trauma or foul play were observed. An autopsy is scheduled for March 12,” the sheriff’s office says.  

This case is still an active investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. Greg Burns or Sgt. Gary Marks at 559-802-9563 or 800-808-0488.  Anonymous information can be reported via Tipnow email, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app.

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