Detectives Investigate Death of Inmate; No Signs of Foul Play

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On June 28, 2013, at approximately 5:15 a.m., Long Beach Police jail staff found an unresponsive female prisoner in her cell, who was subsequently pronounced deceased by the responding doctor.

The female was arrested on June 27, 2013, at approximately 2:35 p.m., at Long Beach Police Headquarters. The female came to the police facility yelling and screaming, and when officers contacted her to see if something was wrong, she indicated she wanted to come inside. During a routine warrant check, officers discovered she had outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was taken into custody. She was booked without incident and placed in a cell within the Women’s Jail. During jail rounds throughout the night, nothing unusual relating to the female’s condition was noted.

Friday morning, June 28, 2013, during routine morning rounds, jail staff attempted to wake her so she could receive her morning breakfast, but she did not respond. Jailers immediately summoned a nurse and doctor, however, the doctor indicated the inmate was already deceased and no life-saving measures were possible.

The inmate is only being identified as a female in her mid 40’s pending notification of next of kin, and she is believed to be a Long Beach resident.

As is routine in all in-custody death investigations within Long Beach Police jail facilities, homicide detectives responded to the scene and are conducting a thorough investigation. At this time there are no signs of foul play.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is conducting an independent investigation into this incident and will determine the official cause of death.

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