Newly released body cam footage shows Ralkina Jones, who was found dead in a Cleveland jail cell last month, voice concerns for her safety roughly 15 hours before her death, the New York Daily News reports.
Jones—who was taken to the Cleveland Heights Police Station and charged with assault, domestic violence and child endangerment following a fight with her husband two days prior–thoroughly runs down her medical history and needs to an officer in the video.
“I’m not asking for any exception to any rules, but I will tell you this: I don’t want to die in your cell,” Jones told the officer.”
The wife and mother was plagued by a host of health complications including migraines, concussions to her brain, seizures, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which she told the officers causes fainting spells.
“What happens is, when I go from a sitting to a standing position, I faint,” Jones explained
She went on to share with the officer that she required several medications to minimize symptoms including a generic version of Xanax to treat anxiety, anti-epileptic drug Gabapentin and ADHD drug Adderall, some of which she did not have with her in the jail.
Although she had been charged in the incident, Jones told the officer that she was actually the domestic violence victim , which is when the officer advised that she speak with a domestic violence advocate on the premises.The officers also took note of her medical needs and placed her into a nearby holding cell, explaining that they would be able to keep a better eye on her to ensure her well-being.
Later that day, officers transported Jones to the nearby hospital, Health Span, because she appeared “lethargic.” The medical team evaluated her and released her back to the jail.
Jones arrived back at the jail around 10:40 pm. According to police, her vitals were checked two hours later, and she appeared fine. However, she was discovered unconscious at approximately. 7:30 am the following day. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Cleveland.com, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release her cause of death but noted that “no suspicious injuries” were discovered during the probe.