Autopsy pending for mother found dead in cell

An autopsy has been performed by the Westchester Medical Examiner's Office on the body of Raynette Turner, the mother of eight who died while in a holding cell in Mount Vernon, NY.

The cause of death is pending results of toxicology and microbiology tests, reports

Turner 42, was awaiting arraignment on a shoplifting charge when she was found dead at about 2 p.m. on Monday.

She had allegedly stolen crab legs at a Restaurant Depot when she was arrested Saturday, said officials. 

On Sunday night, Turner reported not feeling well and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, then returned to her cell a few hours later, according to police.

Turner's death comes as the national spotlight is on the death in Texas of a jailed woman earlier this month.

Authorities have ruled Sandra Bland's death a suicide.

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