Second inmate dies while in custody at Montgomery County Jail in less than a week

The Montgomery County Jail has confirmed that another woman in their custody has died. This incident was the second death of an inmate in the span of one week.

The family tells Scoop: Clarksville that Alice Fay Douglas was given medications by nursing staff approximately one hour prior to her being found unresponsive in her cell. A definitive cause of death is unknown at this time. Family members disclosed that they do not believe the death was from natural causes. Alice was being held on a $70,000 bond for false imprisonment and three counts of aggravated assault.

We reached out to Sandra Brandon, the Public Information Officer for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and received the following statement:

“Alice Fay Douglas, 55 yrs. old, was found unresponsive in her cell on September 17, 2020, shortly after midnight. Ms. Douglas was transported to Tennova where she was pronounced deceased. The preliminary cause of death appears to be natural causes and an autopsy will be performed. This is still an open active investigation and no other details can be released at this time.”

Captain Steve Heise

This is the second report within the last week of an inmate passing away while in custody at the Montgomery County Jail.

Jacqueline Smith was arrested and booked on September 3rd and was being held on an $81,000 bond for possession of meth, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. She overdosed and was sent to the hospital. She returned to the jail and attempted to hang herself on September 9th, was sent to Vanderbilt and put on life support, and died on September 12th.

Jason Steen

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