inmate found dead charles county detention center

La Plata, MD – On June 2 at 11:35 p.m., Corrections Officers at the Charles County Detention Center entered the cell of a 30-year-old woman to escort her to a routine medical screening when they observed her lying on a mattress and unresponsive. Officers, along with medical staff and EMS, immediately initiated life-saving measures to include CPR and activation of an AED; however, the woman was pronounced deceased.

In accordance with agency operating standards, detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division responded. A preliminary investigation revealed the woman was inside her cell, with a cellmate, and lying on a mattress with her face down. According to witnesses, it appeared the woman had been sleeping. There were no signs of trauma, no signs of foul play, and no signs of a suicide. A Forensic Investigator responded and the woman was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed. The investigation is continuing.