Police: Woman Died In Holding Cell While Awaiting Hearing In Mount Vernon

CBS New York

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials were investigating Monday evening, after a woman died in a holding cell in Mount Vernon after waiting two days for arraignment on a shoplifting arrest.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis said Rayette Turner was found dead Monday afternoon.

Police officials said Turner, 42, was arrested Saturday at a wholesale food store and was being held for a Monday arraignment.

They said on Sunday night, she reported not feeling well and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, then returned to her cell a few hours later.

The officials say Turner was found dead at 2 p.m. Monday, when she was to be arraigned.

An autopsy was pending Monday.

The death in Texas of a jailed woman earlier this month has drawn national attention.

Sandra Bland was found dead in her Texas jail cell July 13. Authorities say she hanged herself. But family members and…

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