Inmate dies in custody in Charleston County jail


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Charleston County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a female inmate who was housed at the Sheriff Cannon Detention Center.

Authorities say shortly after 4 a.m. on November 14, Charleston County deputies were notified of an unresponsive female inmate at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

According to preliminary reports, while detention center personnel were making security rounds in the Medical Ward, an unresponsive female inmate was discovered in the restroom, according to a news release. Medics transported the woman to the Medical University of South Carolina where she was pronounced dead.

We’re told the inmate was booked into the detention center on October 29 on an outstanding bench warrant for disorderly conduct. We are working to learn her identity.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, which is a standard practice of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office whenever there is an incident involved an in-custody death.

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