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Nowata family wants answers after man dies from drugs inside county jail

Family wants answers after man's jail death
Posted at 9:08 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 12:55:13-04

NOWATA, Okla. -- A Nowata family is demanding answers after a man said his son died from drugs inside jail. The family is upset that the drugs made their way into the Nowata County Jail.

The man, Philip Sebert Jr., was incarcerated since May on a burglary charge, and the family said he was set to be released this week.

"I want to know what happened. I will get to the bottom of this, I promise you," Philip Sebert Sr. said. “We went to visit Philip on Friday at 10:20 a.m. and we visited 15 minutes. We were out by 10:40 a.m. “He told me 'bye' and said he’d see me in 4 days.”

After the family went to visit Sebert Jr. at the jail, his family says he became unconscious.

“They transported him at 9:30 at night,” Sebert Sr. said.

Sebert Jr. was transported to a health center in Nowata, then sent to a Tulsa hospital. The family said by the time they got to the hospital, he was in a coma.

"I was supposed to go before he was. I'm an old lady," said Pansy Sebert, his grandmother.

The 34-year-old died Sunday morning. Medical reports show Sebert Jr. tested positive for methamphetamine.

“I want to know why it’s going through the jail and why they are arresting them on the street for it and putting them in jail when they’re getting it in jail,” Sebert Sr. said.

A report showed Sebert Jr. had had a visitation that day and could have been slipped something.

The family says they'll continue to push for answers.

“I want to see some justice done right here,” Sebert Sr. said. 

The Nowata County Sheriff's Office did not return phone calls about the case.

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