UPDATE: Police release info on woman who died in jail

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- An investigation is underway after a Cleveland woman died at the Cleveland Heights City Jail.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said Ralkina Jones, 37, died at the city's jail on Sunday.

Jones was arrested Friday, July 24, after officers responded to a fight between her and an ex-spouse, Brandon Jones, at Save-A-Lot.

According to the police report, Brandon was sitting inside of a business when someone told him that Ralkina was damaging his vehicle.

Ralkina was accused of breaking out the driver's side window of Brandon's Ford Expedition and attempting to smash the windshield.

Ralkina then started swinging a tire iron at Brandon and hit his left forearm.

Brandon was able to get the tire iron away from Ralkina, but she continued to hit him.

Brandon and another man, Lonnie T. White, walked away, but Ralkina got in a vehicle and followed them.

According to the men, Ralkina attempted to hit them with her vehicle.

Ralkina's 12-year-old daughter was in the backseat of her vehicle.

She was arrested and held on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangerment.

Ralkina was being treated for several medical conditions that were documented when she arrived at the jail, and she was given her prescribed medicine as directed.

On Saturday, a jail administrator noticed that Ralkina appeared to be lethargic. Ralkina was taken to HealthSpan. She returned to the jail shortly before 11 p.m. that night.

Around 12:45 a.m., paramedics were called again to check her vitals. According to officials, everything appeared to be normal.

Ralkina was observed throughout the night during routine jail checks.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., she was found unresponsive in her jail cell bed.

The Medical Examiner has now completed an autopsy and says the death doesn't appear "suspicious," but it remains under investigation.

Stay with WKYC.com as this story develops.


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