Video footage captured a black Cleveland woman expressing her fear of dying hours before she was found dead in a jail cell.
In the video footage released on Tuesday, Ralkina Jones, 37, told jailers “I don’t want to die in your cell.”
Jones was arrested on July 24 after attempting to run over her ex-husband with her car in a grocery store parking lot.
Prior to using her car as a deadly weapon, Jones assaulted her husband inside the grocery store, then pursued him into the parking lot where she swung a tire iron at him.
Jones, who had a medical history of hypertension, rapid heart rate and migraines, told officers she needed medication for her heart disorder.
Jones was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a disorder that increases the heart beat rapidly when going from a lying to a sitting or standing position.
The sudden increase in heart rate can cause dizziness, light-headedness, migraine headaches, shortness of breath and fainting.
Jones also told jailers she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.
Jones was transported to a local hospital when jailers noticed she was sluring her words. She was assessed by medical personnel at the hospital and returned to the jail at 10:40 p.m. on July 25.
Jones was found dead of natural causes in her jail cell on the morning of July 26.
Despite her documented medical problems, Jones’ family insists she was in “good health” prior to being arrested.
“Someone’s going to answer to it. If not, everyone’s going to answer to it, because you can’t just do this,” her sister told WKYC-TV.
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