Just hours before being found dead in her jail cell, Ralkina Jones warned officers that she suffered from a number of medical conditions that she required medication and treatment for.
She had told officers, “I don’t want to die in your jail cell.”
According to Cleveland.com:
Jones told the officers she suffered from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which causes lightheadedness and fainting upon standing up. She also said she was taking medication for seizures, ADHD and depression.
Jones also told police about a brain injury she received from abuse from her ex-husband, the man who Jones was accused of assaulting the night of her arrest.
Jones’ sister in an earlier interview also said Jones had a heart murmur.
Officers discovered Jones in her cell acting lethargic and sent her to be hospitalized for issues related to her blood sugar and blood pressure. By 7:30 the next morning, Jones was dead.
Her family has expressed that they do not know what happened to Jones but look forward to the results of the pending investigations.
A video of Jones reporting her condition to officers has been made available online.