An inmate at the Hamilton County Justice Center who is accused of hitting and killing a 2-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition this week after a possible overdose in the jail, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Satwinder Singh, 31, was found unresponsive in his cell just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, said David Daugherty.
He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A preliminary investigation revealed Singh possibly overdosed on an unknown substance while in custody, Daugherty said.
The Hamilton County Heroin Task Force is investigating.
“The case is ongoing and we have no further comment relating to the investigation,” Daugherty wrote in an email to FOX19 NOW.
Singh was under order by a Campbell County court not to drive or use drugs when he passed out behind the wheel of a red, 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck Dec. 30, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has said.
The truck ran off the right side of Hopple Street, hit the curb, went up onto the sidewalk and struck Dameon Turner Jr. and his father, Dameon Turner Sr.
The toddler died at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
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Singh stopped and said he would follow the family to the hospital, according to Deters. But he fled and was found passed out in the truck down the street in a gas station parking lot a short time later.
Cincinnati police said he was high on drugs and had to be revived with Narcan.
Singh had just been arrested the week before in Newport, charged with OVI and cocaine possession on Dec. 22, court records show.