Cleveland Heights woman's death ruled accidental

Cleveland Heights woman's death ruled accidental

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has completed the investigation into the death Ralkina Jones.

The 37-year-old's death has been ruled accidental. According to the ME, Jones suffered from sudden cardiac death in association with postural tachycardia syndrome and obesity with amphetamine therapy.

Jones died in a Cleveland Heights Police Station Jail last summer.

She was facing charges of assault, domestic violence, endangering a child and criminal mischief. She was arrested after an argument with her ex-husband.

Following Jones' arrest police say she seemed lethargic so they gave her medicine and took her to the hospital around 7:15 p.m. July 25.

She was back at the jail around 10:40 p.m. Saturday after being evaluated and released.

Police say paramedics checked on her around 12:45 a.m. Sunday and her vitals looked fine.

Jones was found dead in her jail cell just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday July 26.

Cleveland Heights Police Department offered their condolences to Jones' family in a released statement. The department said their investigation continues and the department has taken the following additional steps:

1)    The Police Chief asked the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to examine protocols and procedures in the jail from booking to dispensing of drugs to record keeping. This review is still pending.

2)    Technical experts were engaged to review the DVR system to determine why there were gaps in the tape other than gaps caused by motion sensors. Those reports have been released publicly and Cleveland Heights has taken all recommended measures to upgrade the DVR the system.

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