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On May 21, 2020, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Stephanie N. Dawson, an inmate at the Shelby County Jail, died while receiving medical treatment at the Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Dawson, 36 years of age from Montevallo, was booked into the Shelby County Jail on April 4, 2020, on theft related charges. She was later admitted to Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment related to pre-existing medical conditions. At this time, it is believed that her death is not related to COVID-19.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “The loss of a loved one is always a painful time for those left behind. We express our sincere condolences to Ms. Dawson’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Ms. Dawson will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences by the Shelby County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to further investigate her cause of death. As standard procedure, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review into this matter.