Woman Dies in Long Beach City Jail; Third Person to Die in Police Custody

The death is being investigated by Long Beach homicide detectives and the coroner’s office

Investigations were underway Saturday into the death of a woman in her 40s who was found unconscious in a cell at the Long Beach City Women's Jail.

She was the third person to die in Long Beach police custody in the past two months, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The woman had been arrested Thursday after she came to police headquarters around 2:35 p.m. “yelling and screaming,” according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

“When officers contacted her to see if something was wrong, she indicated she wanted to come inside,” the news release stated.

The woman, who was not being identified, was found to have outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was taken into custody.

“During jail rounds throughout the night, nothing unusual relating to the female's condition was noted,” the news release said.

Yet the woman was found unresponsive around 5:15 a.m. Friday.


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When jail staff tried to wake the woman for breakfast during routine morning rounds, she did not respond, police said.

A nurse and doctor were summoned and the woman was found to be deceased, according to police.

She is believed to be a Long Beach resident, and her name was being withheld pending family notifications.

Her death is being investigated by Long Beach homicide detectives and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

“At this time there are no signs of foul play,” the police statement said.

A male had died in police custody after going into medical distress in late May and in late April, and a 50-year-old woman arrested on a narcotics charge died in a jail holding cell after she too experienced medical distress, the Press-Telegram reported.

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