MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Police in Westchester County said a woman under arrest was found dead in a holding cell.
Mount Vernon Mayor Earnest Davis said 44-year-old Raynetta Turner had been arrested Saturday on a shoplifting charge for the third time recently. She was found unresponsive and lying on her side on a wooden bench in her holding cell Monday afternoon.
According to Davis, Turner reported various medical issues at the time of her arrest, and she was taken to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital. She was then released back to police custody Sunday evening.
Here's the timeline of events, as per a news release from the city:
* Saturday afternoon: Turner arrested, taken to hospital
* Sunday 10 p.m.: Turner returned to cell after being released from hospital
* Monday 2 a.m.: Turner removed from cell for fingerprinting, returned a short time later
* Monday 2 p.m.: Officers tried to wake Turner for her court appearance, and she was unresponsive. EMS was called and pronounced her dead a short time later
The mayor said Turner previously had bariatric surgery and a history of hypertension.
Mount Vernon police, the Westchester County Medical Examiner, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General's Office are all investigating.
Woman arrested on shoplifting charge found dead in holding cell