Woman in Mount Vernon holding-cell death was ill after hospital visit Mount Vernon

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.
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