Coroner investigating 39-year-old man’s jail death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 39-year-old man’s death is being investigated by the Fayette County Cononer’s Office.

McFarland Childers died at 9:58 p.m. Monday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to a release from Coroner Gary Ginn.

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The cause of death is pending a toxicology report and the manner of death remains under investigation, according to the statement.

In a separate release, Fayette County correctional staff said that at 9:03 p.m., Childers was “found unresponsive in his cell by Community Corrections staff.”

Corizon Medical staff members, who provide medical services at the jail, determined he needed to be transferred to the hospital, and the Lexington Fire Department transported him, according to the jail statement.

“Lexington Police and the Fayette County Coroner’s Office are investigating the cause and manner of his death. Such an investigation is normal in the case of an in-custody death. The jail will conduct an internal investigation, which is also routine,” the statement said.

Childers was jailed earlier Monday for failing to appear in court on charges of theft and contempt of court from McCracken County.