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Death of Inmate, 18, Is Under Investigation

Homicide detectives Monday were investigating the death of an inmate in a cell at the Men’s Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles.

Lauren Edwards, 18, who had been held at the jail since Oct. 27, 1994, on a murder charge, was found dead about 8 p.m. Sunday, after medical personnel were called to his cell area.

Deputy Mark Bailey said Edwards, who suffered upper-body trauma, had been sharing a module with other inmates. While he did not know how many men were assigned to the module, which is a group area containing showers and a recreation room, Bailey said 40 to 60 men are usually assigned to such enclosures.

The cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed, Deputy Carrie Stuart said.

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