Autopsy: Woman died in June from heart infection

Infection typically results from drug use, autopsy said

Staff Report
Posted 9/21/21

The 29-year-old woman who died in the Jefferson County jail last June passed from complications from an infection of the heart’s interior lining called endocarditis, an autopsy found. The Jefferson …

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Autopsy: Woman died in June from heart infection

Infection typically results from drug use, autopsy said

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The 29-year-old woman who died in the Jefferson County jail last June passed from complications from an infection of the heart’s interior lining called endocarditis, an autopsy found.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced on June 28 that Abby Angelo had died after being found unresponsive in her cell.

According to the autopsy report, Angelo had developed pneumonia, abcesses and pus cavities called empyemas as a result of the encocarditis. The report notes that endocarditis frequently results from intravenous drug use.

Angelo was arrested on drug-related charges and moved to a special housing unit on June 27 because of medical concerns and suicidal ideation. The report states that she was appearing to have a hard time detoxifying from drugs and had refused multiple meals. Deputies reported that she made statements that she would rather die than go through the detox process.

Deputies put her on a opioid protocol and watch that involved checking her vital signs and administering Tylenol and other drugs.

According to the report, Angelo had a history of Hepatitis C and heroin and meth use.

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