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RCMP investigate death of woman who had been in custody

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A 31-year-old woman has died after she was taken into RCMP custody and lodged in a cell.

The woman died in a Winnipeg hospital on Nov. 30 after she was airlifted from God’s Lake Narrows, which is where she lived and where she had been jailed.

RCMP said in a press release on Tuesday the woman was taken from a home after another individual called for assistance on Nov. 28. She was taken to the local nursing station where she received medical care and was later lodged in a cell under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.

The next morning, when the woman told an officer she was not feeling well, she was returned to the nursing station and then flown to Winnipeg.

The death is being investigated by the RCMP D Division Serious Crime Unit as it’s considered an in-custody matter since the woman was in RCMP custody before her death.

In addition, the Brandon Police Service will review the investigation with a local community member selected by Chief and Council acting as an observer in the investigation.

There was no sign of foul play but the cause of death will be determined pending the results of an autopsy that was completed Monday in Winnipeg.

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