Sandra Bland and Now Another Woman Found Dead in Holding Cell

Sandra Bland and Now Another Woman Found Dead in Holding Cell

Officials in New York are investigating the death of a woman who waited two days in a holding cell for arraignment on a shoplifting arrest.


Mayor Ernest Davis of Mount Vernon said the woman, Raynette Turner, was found dead Monday afternoon.

Police officials said Ms. Turner, 42, was arrested Saturday at a wholesale food store and was being held for an arraignment. They said that 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 said Ms. Turner was found dead at 2 p.m. Monday, when she was to be arraigned.

An autopsy is pending.

The death in Texas this month of Sandra Bland, a jailed woman, has drawn national attention. The authorities there have ruled that death a suicide.

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