Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Woman dies from seizures

A 34-year-old Austin woman began having seizures and died Wednesday after being arrested on assault and drug charges, according to the Travis County sheriff's office.

Sheriff's officials said Austin police brought Niqa Deshan Gant to the Central Booking Facility about 2:20 a.m. on charges of assault and drug possession.

"While waiting for the booking process to begin she displayed some odd behavior and was taken to the medical section of the booking facility," the sheriff's office said in a written statement. "She started having seizures and medical staff notified the Austin/Travis County EMS, who transported her to Brackenridge Hospital."

She was pronounced dead at 3:44 a.m., the statement said.

The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office conducted a preliminary examination and found no signs of injury or foul play, the sheriff's office said. A final report will be released after toxicology results are received.

Sheriff's internal affairs investigators and the major crime unit will conduct investigations into Gant's death, which is routine after an in-custody death, the sheriff's office said. This is the first in-custody death in the Travis County Jail in 2007.


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