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Family questions autopsy of woman found in jail cell

The family of a woman who died while in police custody in Mount Vernon is questioning the newly released results of her autopsy report. Raynette Turner, a 42-year-old mother of eight, was arrested

News 12 Staff

Oct 21, 2015, 2:29 AM

Updated 3,169 days ago

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The family of a woman who died while in police custody in Mount Vernon is questioning the newly released results of her autopsy report.
Raynette Turner, a 42-year-old mother of eight, was arrested for shoplifting in July. She had apparently become ill and was taken to the hospital for treatment. She died two days after returning to her cell, police said at the time.
Her autopsy report concludes that she died of natural causes due to an enlarged heart and chronic drug use.
Turner's husband, Herman Turner, says his wife went for regular checkups, never complained of chest pains and gave no indication that she had relapsed.
While the widowed Turner says he questions the autopsy's findings, he cannot request an independent one because his wife wished to be cremated.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is examining the case as a special prosecutor to determine whether any wrongdoing occurred on behalf of the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Mr. Turner says he has only met with representatives once, and he is now considering legal action against the city.


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