WILTON — The mother of a man who died at the Somerset County Jail this week says her son was a loving father who had a big heart.

Joseph Daoust, 27, of Wilton was found unresponsive early Wednesday in his cell at the jail in Madison. Attempts by corrections officers and medical personnel failed to revive him.

Daoust was facing charges of felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and two counts of aggravated furnishing marijuana involving two teenagers.

Terri Daoust of Wilton said her son was very fun loving and had a good sense of humor.

He was a wonderful father to his 6-year-old son Noah, she said.

“No matter what the newspapers or people say about him, he was a good boy and had a good heart and will be sadly missed,” she said.

Her son worked with his father, Conrad Daoust Jr., doing wood work, recently bought a duplex in Wilton and became a landlord.

Joseph Daoust was raised in Weston, a southeastern Aroostook County town on the Canadian border, and went to grammar school in neighboring Danforth. When he was 10, the family moved and he went to school in Jay through the 10th grade, his mother said.

Daoust didn’t finish high school but earned his General Education Development certificate.

An autopsy at the Maine State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta did not determine the cause of death, Somerset County Jail administrator Maj. Cory Swope said, adding that further testing would be required.

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