About 15 hours before Ralkina Jones was found dead in a Cleveland jail, she told Cleveland Heights police officers “I don’t want to die in your cell.”
Jones was brought into custody on charges of assault, domestic violence and child endangerment after a fight with her husband two days earlier, NY Daily News reported.
She had reportedly warned officers she was ill and required prescription medications. Jones claimed she was most worried about her health issues stemming from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which can cause fainting upon standing up, but she also took medication for seizures, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.
On the night of her arrest, she also told officers she had a brain injury stemming from an abusive incident with her ex-husband, whom she was accused of assaulting, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said autopsy didn’t reveal any suspicious injuries, but her family is still looking for answers.
“She was a human. She was a mother, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a great mother, a great sister. She wasn’t supposed to die in no jail her first time going to jail,” one of Jones’ sisters told WKYC.
After Jones told officers about her medical conditions, they reportedly took her to a doctor and police said they checked on her throughout the night of July 25. She was pronounced dead in her cell on the morning of July 26.