A 58-year-old Oceanside died Monday in a San Diego-area hospital three weeks after falling ill while in custody at the George F. Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa, sheriff’s officials said.
Richard Frederick Eshbach was hospitalized Oct. 19, according to San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver, who attributed the hospitalization to unspecific “medical reasons.”
Eshbach’s condition worsened over the past three weeks, and he died Monday afternoon, Seiver said in a news release. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Oceanside police officers arrested Eschbach on Sept. 17, and he was booked into custody on suspicion of stalking, violation of domestic violence court order and violation of a court order.
Eschbach is at least the 13th county jail inmate to die this year while in custody. Since 2009, more than 160 people have died in local jails, which are run by the Sheriff’s Department.
According to a six-month investigation published by the Union-Tribune in 2019, the Sheriff’s Department’s jail system had the highest mortality rate among California’s six largest counties, averaging more than one death every month for more than a decade.
Last week, county District Attorney Summer Stephan announced an involuntary manslaughter charge against a nurse in connection with the 2019 in-custody death of 24-year-old Elisa Serna, who died after being left alone slumped on the floor of her cell at the Las Colinas women’s jail.