Jail death under investigation in Warren County

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is continuing to investigate the death of a 25-year-old father found in distress in the Warren County Jail last week.

Jason Scott Pittman of South Lebanon died at 7:42 a.m. Sept. 17 at Bethesda Arrow Springs hospital, where he was taken after he was found in his cell, according to county records.

According to his obituary, Pittman is survived by two daughters, a fiancee and other family members. Pittman, an employee of Premier Energy, was described as a Cincinnati Bengals fan who loved to fish.

Pittman’s mother, Darlene Pittman, said, “I loved my son very much and I was shocked to learn of his death while an inmate at the Warren County Jail.”

“We have received no answers as to what happened and we appreciate and are making a public plea for anyone who has information about his death,” she added.

The family is represented by lawyer Al Gerhardstein.

On Tuesday, Deputy Coroner Doyle Burke said an autopsy had been conducted, but further tests would be completed and a toxicology test analyzed before the cause of death was determined.

Sheriff Larry Sims said his office was conducting an internal investigation and awaiting results of the coroner’s tests.

“We want to make sure that everything that was done was done properly,” Sims said. “We don’t want to jump to any conclusions.”

According to court records, Pittman had been in the jail since Sept. 14, after being arrested for violating his probation. His lawyer, Nicholas Graman, indicated Pittman had missed probation and drug screen appointments and tested positive for THC and opiates at the jail on Sept. 14.

He was scheduled for a hearing on the alleged violation at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17, the day of his death.

In February, Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II found Pittman guilty of felony theft. The judge ordered him to repay the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and placed him on probation for three years. A warrant for his arrest on the probation violation was issued on Aug. 25.