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Inmate, 51, dies inside county jail
Death of Akers believed from natural causes
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A second Warren County Jail inmate has died behind bars this year, the 51-year-old woman found dead in her cell Friday.
The woman, Sandra Lynn Akers, was pronounced dead at River Park Hospital late Friday night after attempts to administer CPR failed to resuscitate her once she was found unresponsive. Her body has been sent for autopsy, but it is believe she died from natural causes.
According to Sheriff Jackie Matheny, Akers was taken into custody the morning of her death on drug charges.
“At about 10 that night she was seen sitting up and drinking some water,” Matheny said. “Then, 30 minutes later she was found deceased.”
Matheny said foul play isn’t suspected since she was in a cell by herself and there was no sign of trauma. She was also under medical watch, meaning she was being monitored for medical reasons. Matheny said medical privacy law prevents him from revealing the exact nature of the medical issue.
The results of the autopsy have not been revealed as of yet but the sheriff says he expects to find she died of natural causes. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into her death.
“Anytime we have an unattended death, the TBI conducts an investigation,” Matheny said.
Akers is the second inmate to die this year while being held in the county jail. In April, Belinda Harness, 54, died of natural causes while being held on theft charges. Like Akers, she was said to have been fine when she was seen a short time before, only to be found unresponsive a relatively short time later.