A spokesperson for the Ashley County Sheriff’s department confirmed that an incarcerated minor died early Wednesday morning.

According to Daniel Watson with the ASCO, the 17 year old died in the early morning hours of Aug. 21 at Ashely County Medical Center.

Watson said the teen had been charged with battery second as an adult on a prior occasion for driving an ATV into a deputy while fleeing. The minor had since paroled out on that charge and was picked up for violating parole.

“The teen was incarcerated for violating the terms of his parole,” Watson said.

The minor had allegedly been charged with felony fleeing and felony aggravated assault which is why he was incarcerated at the time of the incident.

The incident is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police and no other information is available at this time.

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