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Coroner awaits toxicology report in death of Porter County inmate

The Porter County Jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his jail cell early Thursday and later died at Porter Regional Hospital had a history of drug use and arrived at the hospital shortly after 2 a.m. in full cardiac arrest, according to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris. Brandon W. Givens, 35, of the 1400 block of Study Road in Valparaiso, died at 2:50 a.m. Thursday after being discovered in his cell unconscious and not breathing. Harris conducted an autopsy Friday afternoon but said he would have to wait on a full toxicology report, available in several weeks, to determine the manner and cause of death. "There are different angles we're looking at," Harris said....