MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (WABC) -- A state official says a New York woman found dead in police custody two days after her arrest on a shoplifting charge vomited in a holding cell hours after returning from a hospital.
Courts spokesman David Bookstaver tells The Journal News Saturday that Raynette Turner was returned to a police-controlled holding cell after throwing up in a court holding area July 27.
He says the 42-year-old mother of eight was taken from a second-floor court holding area to the first-floor police holding cell after throwing up. She was found dead there hours later. The night before she reported not feeling well and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
She never appeared in court.
The newspaper says more tests are needed after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
Woman in Mount Vernon holding-cell death was ill after hospital visit Mount Vernon