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Medical examiner identifies woman found dead in Kirby jail

Amanda Watkins, 36, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- family violence

KIRBY, TexasUPDATE: The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the woman who died inside the Kirby jail.

Amanda Watkins, 36, was found unresponsive in her cell during a visual check around 11:20 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities say it appears she strangled herself in the holding cell.

The Internal Affairs Unit, the Texas Rangers and the Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting an investigation.

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(Original Story)

An inmate is dead after police say she strangled herself in a holding cell.

The incident happened at 11:20 a.m. Thursday when Kirby Police Department found the woman unresponsive in a holding cell during a routine post visual check.

CPR was started by officers and soon, EMS took over, police say.

BCSO identifies inmate who died due to cardiac episode

However, the CPR efforts were unsuccessful, and the woman was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m., according to officials.

Authorities say the woman was booked into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- family violence.

Upon further investigation, police say she was discovered unresponsive due to self-inflicted strangulation.

An investigation is underway by the Internal Affairs Unit, the Texas Rangers and the Medical Examiner’s Office.


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