A female inmate in Spokane County Jail was found unresponsive in her cell at 4:33 pm Monday when a corrections officer conducted a cell check. The officer called for medical assistance and began "life-saving efforts," according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. Paramedics arrived "within minutes" but were not able to revive the woman.
"She was in a cell by herself when they found her," says Officer Mark Gregory, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "There were no issues with anything around her neck."
The woman is the fifth inmate to die in the county jail since January of this year. On May 4, John Everitt, 46, was found dead in his cell with a sheet around his neck despite being on suicide watch. Lorenzo Hayes, 37, died while wrestling with officers in the jail's booking area, and Scott M. Stevens, 53, was also found unresponsive and alone in his cell. Jail Director John McGrath has said previously that only one County inmate died in 2014.
The woman was in custody on a Washington State Department of Corrections Community Custody hold, which means she likely violated conditions of her parole. The woman's name and specific violation have not yet been released.