Florida man drinks a cup of bleach after jury finds him guilty of armed robbery

A Florida man swallowed a cup of bleach in a courtroom moments after hearing the jury read their verdict in which he was found guilty of armed robbery.

Jermaine Bell, 38, spent more than three years in custody for the December 2018 robbery for which he was convicted. He pointed a gun at Millennium Engine Plating employees while disguised as a courier.

Bell was seen drinking bleach from a disposable white cup before an officer approached him with a trash can and tried to get the inmate to spit the liquid out. But Bell kept drinking from the cup until he finally sat down.

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Jermaine Bell, 38, spent more than three years in custody for the December 2018 robbery for which he was convicted. He had pointed a gun at Millennium Engine Plating employees while disguised as a courier.
(Miami-Dade County Corrections)

He immediately fell very ill after drinking bleach and was carried out of the courtroom in Miami on a stretcher. He was then taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Bell is in stable condition in hospital after ingesting the bleach, but it’s still unclear how he got it in the courtroom. Questions are also being raised by his family as to why no one intervened while he drank the product.

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A Florida man swallowed a cup of bleach in a courtroom moments after hearing the jury read their verdict in which he was found guilty of armed robbery.

A Florida man swallowed a cup of bleach in a courtroom moments after hearing the jury read their verdict in which he was found guilty of armed robbery.
((Roberto Koltun/El Nuevo Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images))

“I see him drinking something that’s wrong,” Reverend Jerome Starling, a distant relative of Bell, told Local 10. “His lawyers are letting him drink. Corrections is letting him drink. All of a sudden, I see it breaking down. And I said how could that happen.”

Starling said there needs to be accountability for what happened in the courtroom.

Bell’s cousin, who recorded the incident, said she immediately tried to save him.

Bell is in stable condition in hospital after ingesting the bleach, but it's still unclear how he got it in the courtroom.

Bell is in stable condition in hospital after ingesting the bleach, but it’s still unclear how he got it in the courtroom.

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“I was the only one like that jumping up and trying to ask him for help,” she told Local 10.[It’s] very moving for the whole family. We thought we were going to lose Jermaine that day.”

Miami-Dade County Corrections and Miami-Dade Police are investigating the incident.

Miami-Dade Police did not respond to FOX News Digital’s request for comment.

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