Investigation underway into DeSoto inmate death

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A man who died this past week at the DeSoto County Jail bled to death apparently from injuries suffered during an automobile accident.

That's according to an autopsy on the body of 41-year-old Isidro Molina Tapia, of Walls, who died Thursday night after twice refusing medical care following the accident.

Deputies say Tapia was on a county road near Mississippi Highway 304 when he lost control, ran off the pavement and overturned. Deputies called paramedics to the scene, but Tapia refused treatment. Deputies then took him to a hospital in Southaven, but he again refused treatment.

After Tapia arrived at the jail, he was placed in a one-man holding cell under suspicion of D-U-I.

Coroner Jeffery Pounders said an autopsy showed Tapia died from a laceration of the spleen. He had several fractured ribs, and Pounders says it's possible that one of the broken ribs caused the laceration of the spleen.

Sheriff James Albert Riley has requested an investigation of Tapia's death by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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