Ralkina Jones, 3rd African American Woman in Two Weeks to Die in Her Jail Cell

Ralkina Jones
Ralkina Jones

*Oh no, not again!

First Sandra, then Kindra, and now another woman has been found dead in her cell after being arrested and taken to jail. This time to the Cleveland Heights jail. This woman, whose name is Ralkina Jones, had been taken into custody for going to the workplace of her ex-husband and assaulting him.

She died in her jail cell bed over the weekend, police say. 

An autopsy was performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner on Monday and spokesman Chris Harris told HuffPost that “no suspicious injuries” to Jones’ body had been reported. But he also said this was inconclusive because “further studies” were being done to determine a cause of death.

Jones had attacked her ex-husband around 10:25 p.m. on Friday. In a police report, Brandon Jones said his ex-wife had smashed the driver’s side window of his Ford Expedition with a tire iron, and then struck him in the arm with the iron, leaving a gash.

She then jumped into her car, where her 12-year-old daughter sat, and proceeded to try and run him and another man he was with over. Fortunately for all concerned, the men jumped out of the way, according to the report.

Jail, woman's manicured hands

Jones was charged with felonious assault, criminal mischief, creating a disturbance, domestic violence and endangering a child, but Brandon Jones declined to press charges, according to the report.

Officers did learn that Jones “was being treated for several medical conditions,” Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said in a statement on Monday. And while she was in jail she was given prescription medications “as directed,” Robertson said. But then she was said to appear “lethargic” and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.

After being treated she was returned to the jail at 10:40 p.m., according to the statement. They checked in with her two hours later, and say her vitals were good. Guards kept watch on her throughout the  night, according to Robertson, but then, at some point during the night, she was “found unresponsive in the bed of the holding cell.”




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