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Black Woman Found Dead in NY Holding Cell

Raynette Turner
<p> WGN</p>

Officials are investigating the death of 42-year-old Raynette Turner in her holding cell in Mount Vernon, New York. Turner is a mother of eight children who range in age from eight to 21. WCBS reports Turner died Monday afternoon after spending two days awaiting an arraignment. She was allegedly arrested for shoplifting at a wholesale food store called Restaurant Depot. KHOU reports that Turner was accused of stealing a small item from the store. The family’s lawyer, Osvaldo Gonzalez, told Turner’s husband Herman that she would likely be released without bail.

On Sunday night, Turner reported that she was not feeling well and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. A few hours later, she was returned to her cell after being treated for hypertension. She was found dead in her cell at 2 p.m. Monday.

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