No foul play suspected in death at Robertsdale jail


ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — There appears to be no signs of foul play after an inmate was found dead in his cell at the Robertsdale jail over the weekend.

According to a release issued Sunday by Lt. Andre Reid, commander with the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit, investigators responded Sunday at the request of the Robertsdale Police Department.

According to the report, 36-year-old Thomas Hobbs suffered trauma to his head after jumping from the top bunk of his bed.

“Corrections Officers heard a sound from Mr. Hobbs’ cell and responded quickly,” according to the report. Corrections Officers attempted CPR and other life saving measures, but were unsuccessful.

“The Robertsdale Police Department has requested that the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit conduct an independent review of this incident. This is standard protocol for this agency in response to an in-custody death.”

Based on our preliminary investigation, according to the release, there are no signs of foul play and Hobbs was alone in his cell at the time of the incident.

“This investigation is still in its early stages, but I would like to thank the agencies that serve on the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit and the Baldwin County Coroner’s Office for their quick response and efficient work,” Reid said in the release.