BPD: Woman who 'suffered an illness while in custody' pronounced deceased

(Kim Doreen Chase from Baltimore, MD Photo courtesy Calvert County Sheriff's Office)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A woman who police say "suffered an illness while in custody" was pronounced deceased Thursday morning at St. Agnes Hospital.

Her death was confirmed by the Baltimore Police Department.

The woman, 52-year-old Kim Doreen Chase, was arrested on April 9 for a warrant from Calvert County.

She was found to be in medical distress after the arrest and police held a press conference to discuss the incident the following day.

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.

An autopsy will now determine her cause and manner of death.

The incident is under investigation by the Special Investigations Response Team.

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