Woman died in Va. Beach jail by choking on bracelet?

From: The Virginian Pilot:

By Kathy Adams
The Virginian-Pilot
© July 20, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH

Jacquelynn Diane Schwartz went to court Friday afternoon to show that she’d completed a court-ordered driving safety course after receiving a speeding ticket in April.

Three days later, she was dead in a jail cell.

A sheriff’s deputy found the 31-year-old woman unresponsive on her cell bed early Monday, and medics were unable to revive her, police said Tuesday. An autopsy determined that she’d choked on her plastic inmate identification bracelet and ruled her death accidental.

Now Schwartz’s family members want to know what happened to the bubbly newlywed, who had just gotten married on June 4 and had never been in serious trouble with the law.

“All of us are in shock and disbelief,” said Schwartz’s sister-in-law, Audrey La Clair. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Read the rest here. We hope there will be some conclusions and actions made to be sure this never happens again. Whatever happened to Ms Jacquelynn is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to her family and friends. We hope a good and sensitive lawyer can help them.

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