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Seaside Heights Man Dies In Ocean County Jail

38-year-old found unresponsive in cell this morning; toxicology test results pending

An inmate at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River died in his jail cell this morning, authorities said.

Philip Infantolino, 38, of Seaside Heights, was found unresponsive by his cellmate, and the medical examiners are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death, officials said.

Infantolino was incarcerated since March 18, with bail set at $50,000. Seaside Heights police arrested and charged Infantolino with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, obstruction, possession of a hypodermic needle, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said Infantolino was housed with the general population of the and that his cellmate found him unresponsive as the inmates were preparing for breakfast.

"That's around 7 a.m.," Paulhus said. "The medical examiner submitted tests for certain toxicology" to determine the cause of death, he said. Those take six to eight weeks to process, Paulhus said. An autopsy was performed earlier today.

Paulhus was unsure of when the last inmate death had occurred. The newly-build jail in downtown Toms River expanded from its previous size to accomodate a larger population.

The death is being investigated by Detective Lieutenant Joseph Valenti and Detective Glen Amirr of the Correction’s Department’s Investigation Bureau, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit.

Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM
yeah heck the tobacco industry is the biggest drug dealer but they have so much money they get to buy their way into making it legal. Also the doctors are writing scripts like crazy for pain these days. the good doctors all know who these drs are. It seems thats ok too. these people u speak about that should just die, are just that, human beings, trapped in a world of hell they can't get out of. count your blessings this hasn't touched anyone you know. So narrow minded and judgmental. You have a life lesson yet to be learned.
Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM
@jackie, we should all care. If someones death could have been prevented then it should have been. we should care because someday it could be your child or someone you love. we should all care about humane treatment of a human being.
Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
@DM and that is a very sad but very true fact.
Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Well our government allows this shit into our country. Thats who the real drug dealer is. Not our kids who r victimized and die from this shit.
Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
@wise owl. the government agency has a responsibility to do the just and right thing. period.

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