A tradie has been found dead in his jail cell, just a month after he was accused of trying to drown a two-year-old girl in a bathtub.
Alex Clements, 24, of Campbelltown, was arrested on July 13 after he allegedly attempted to kill the toddler, who was not his biological child.
Police charged him with attempted drowning with intent to murder and alleged he abused the child on at least two occasions in April and May.
Clements was discovered dead in a Parklea Correctional Facility jail cell at about 3pm on August 12, The Daily Telegraph reported.
NSW police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
He was due to appear in court in September where police were also going to allege he ‘physically abused’ the child and a woman on a number of occasions between January and July of 2020.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia Clements was found unresponsive at about 3.10pm.
‘He received immediate treatment by medical staff but passed away at approximately 3:24pm,’ the spokeswoman said.
‘Corrective Services NSW and NSW Police are investigating. All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the coroner for comment.
As a privately owned corrections facility the operator, MTC — Broadspectrum, will also be charged a financial penalty for the ‘unnatural death of an inmate’.
In July this year, a former colleague of Clements’ said he had been looking for work in recent months after only getting out of prison on unrelated domestic violence offences last year.
‘He told me he got out of jail last year and I got him some work,’ the tradie, who did not want to be named, told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Then I sent him some more numbers to see if he could get some more work.
In a recent Facebook post Clements told friends he was experiencing some ‘personal issues’, but did not elaborate on what he was referring to.