A Mississippi woman demanded to know exactly how her daughter, who was three to four weeks pregnant and never had any health issues, died in jail. She suspects foul play.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation planned to conduct a probe to find out how Lanekia Michelle Brown died while in custody, WJTV reported on Monday. Meanwhile, the Madison County coroner was conducting an autopsy.
It’s unclear when Brown died, but authorities informed her mother, Margaret Johnson, about Brown’s death on Sunday. The 37-year-old woman was incarcerated at the Madison County Detention Center while she awaited her trial on a charge of trafficking a controlled substance.
Johnson said a Mississippi trooper came to her home and told her that Brown was found unresponsive in her cell. She was discovered dead when a nurse went to check on Brown after she had complained about having stomach pains. Multiple attempts to revive her through CPR failed.
Since learning about her daughter’s in-custody death, authorities have not allowed Johnson to see her daughter’s remains or give her more information. “I need to know what happened to her… where she at. They won’t tell me or give me no information. That’s my child. I love my child…. I want to know where my child is,” the grieving mother said, adding that she believes foul play was involved.
“It’s very suspicious because like I said we talked to her and she was okay. If she had any kind of problems, she would have let us know,” another family member stated.
The police arrested Brown and Marcus Anthony Redrick in November, according to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Madison County Sheriff’s Department said officers found 103 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle Brown and Redrick were driving during a traffic stop.
Johnson and other family members drove from Grenada County to Madison County, about 80 miles, to get more information and to collect Brown’s personal items after a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper informed Johnson Sunday of her daughter’s death.
When they arrived in Madison County, officials gave them the runaround—telling them to return after Christmas Day for more information. They were reportedly not allowed to identify Brown’s body.
Brown left behind two children.