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Autopsy to determine cause of death, for woman who collapsed in custody

Arthur Moore stood in the doorframe of his home on Hollins Street and shook his head as he talked about the death of one of his neighbors.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Arthur Moore stood in the doorframe of his home on Hollins Street and shook his head as he talked about the death of one of his neighbors.

Kim Doreen Chase, 52, collapsed while in police custody April 9. She died Thursday morning at St. Agnes hospital.

“Something definitely isn’t right," Moore said, "That lady didn’t just up and drop dead for nothing."

An autopsy will determine a cause of death.

According to Commissioner Kevin Davis, the woman was arrested in southwest Baltimore and, after a brief “pit stop” was made at her nearby home, she was placed in a police transport van and taken to the Southwest District station. She was found to be in medical distress in her jail cell around 1:30 p.m. and was transported to a local hospital. In an April 10 press briefing BPD officials said “much of the incident” was captured on body-worn cameras and said there was “absolutely no” use of excessive force.“I’m confident that there was no use of force and that’s a big deal,” Davis said.

BPD described the interaction between the detainee and officers as “very cordial” and said the warrant was for failure to appear in court.

Police said two officers are on administrative duty and a lieutenant is suspended in the aftermath of the incident.

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