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Seaside Heights Man Dies in Ocean County Jail

38-year-old arrested March 18 on drug charges and resisting arrest. Cause of death awaiting medical examiner's report

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

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-built jail in downtown Toms River expanded from its previous size to accommodate 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.

this is me June 12, 2012 at 04:26 AM
HEY JAY, were you one of the few co's who got fired from ocj or are you a past/reoccuring inmate? im guessing since "you saw things first hand" your a past inmate since co's wont just leave this job behind by choice. either way if your an inmate your a loser who needs to get his act together, and if you got fired your a loser who needs to get his act together.
Madeline Zayas October 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
To my understanding every inmate is asked and questioned about drug abuse or currently under the influence of any. Hope they test them...that's what they have nurses for right? if that is the case/being under the influence of narcotics of any kind the inmates should go thru their withdrawals under medical care and watch. Situations like this happen to anyone that has a drug problem. It attacks the heart when not cared for properly. I hope they don't lock human beings in cells as if they were animals and let them out only to feed them when it's time and because they have to. My son is a drug abuser and is currently in jail. I pray for him every day. I don't want to seem heartless, but I am actually glad he is there off the streets and away from all that junk; and being monitored. He has chronic asthma; and hope that he is being treated for this on a side of anything else that merits medical care. Several correctional officers known to me tell me stories, and even though there are some inmates that are not good, there are some that truly just need help....
Madeline Zayas October 23, 2012 at 01:29 AM
How do you define....NO Good...? He is human and gods child...that needed help. if he was on such severe drug abuse he should have had been given medical care to go thru his withdrawals. Not lock him up without the medicine needed to at least recover and realize the situation he put himself in. As far as defame the agency, they actually defame themselves. One does not have to have friends or relatives incarcerated, to have compassion......
Madeline Zayas October 23, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Experience speaks and I believe....My son tells me the same.....I pray to god he is not suffering unnecessarily, PLEASE NURSE, if there is one, check on my son, he is asthmatic, if he has an attack at night and can't reach no one for an inhaler, God help you, for your neglect....Some inmates scream and hollower for no reason and if he has to do that to get the attention required for his medication the correctional officers will not be able to hear him....
Madeline Zayas October 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I pray for my son, that this does not happen to him......God protect him......and on aside of those officers that do inappropriate things, and don't fulfill their duties in accordance with the law.....there are some that actually do their jobs appropriately. Some officers have to keep their distance and not get to friendly for they may never know who can manipulate and turn on them.....

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