Woman Who Died in Custody in Tarrant County Was Ready to Leave Addiction Behind, Family Says

A Haltom City woman who died in the custody of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department last week had told her family she was ready to leave addiction behind for good just days before her death, her sister says.Jennifer Espinoza, 37, died at John Peter Smith Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, the day after she was found unresponsive in her jail cell, officials said. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has not released her cause of death.She had been booked into the Tarrant County jail Jan. 10 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, according to jail and court records.Espinoza's sister, Cheryl Hammett, said hospital staff told her that Espinoza had been unresponsive in her cell for 50 minutes before she was resuscitated and taken to the hospital. Hammett said her sister died after going into cardiac arrest.  Continue reading...

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