Saturday, May 24, 2003

Ex-inmate dies of apparent infection

Staph infection killed other Pickaway inmate in April

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - A man who developed skin lesions in prison died a month after being released from the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

The death on Thursday of Melvin Grubb, 41, of Columbus, came three weeks after a drug-resistant staph infection killed another inmate at the prison in Orient.

Family members said Grubb had skin lesions on his back when released from prison. His 14-year-old daughter found him in his bed, struggling to breathe. He was pronounced dead at Grant Medical Center.

An autopsy was planned by the Franklin County coroner.

Another Pickaway inmate, Sean Schwamberger, 19, of Toledo, died April 29 while being treated for an infection the coroner found was caused by a drug-resistant strain of staph known as MRSA.

Grubb had a fever Wednesday and was vomiting Wednesday night, family members said.

"I think it was because of this infection on his back," the former inmate's wife, Alice Grubb, said Thursday. Before developing skin lesions in April, she said, her husband was healthy.

Grubb entered the Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient, 15 miles south of Columbus, on Jan. 10. He had been sentenced to six months in prison for receiving stolen property.

He was released from the prison on April 24 and immediately taken to the Franklin County jail to await trial on pending breaking-and-entering charges. He was released on bond Monday.

While at Pickaway, Grubb received treatment for a skin infection, a condition that developed after he reported being bitten by a spider, according to prison records.

That was the same problem Schwamberger reported before he collapsed at the prison April 20 and died nine days later at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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