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Woman Found Dead In Her Cell At Wake County Jail

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 39-year-old woman has been found dead in her cell at the Wake County jail.

Deputies say a guard found Catena Sanders unconscious in her cell around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Jail workers started performing CPR, but paramedics determined she was already dead.

Sanders had been in the jail for nine days after being arrested Dec. 27 on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

An autopsy has been ordered. The sheriff’s office said it is still investigating how Sanders died.

The family of an inmate who died of a drug overdose at the Wake County jail two years ago sued the sheriff in November.

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