BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The woman who collapsed while in Baltimore Police Department custody earlier this month has died.

Fifty-two-year-old Kim Doreen Chase was pronounced dead Thursday morning at St. Agnes Hospital. Family members told WJZ they didn’t want to discuss the case and police have yet to comment on the woman’s death.

Her body will be sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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Chase was taken into custody because she had a warrant out for her arrest in southern Maryland.

Police say after arresting Chase, officers allowed her to return home for 20 minutes, where she got clothing and had her hair braided by a family member. Hours later, she was found unconscious in a cell at the Southwest district.

During a press conference earlier this month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis insisted there is no evidence of use of force by the police and says Chase never asked for medical help. During the arrest, police said they found drug paraphernalia on her.

One lieutenant has been suspended and two officers have been placed on administrative duty while the investigation is underway, and that the only mystery here is medical: what pre-existing condition caused the woman to collapse?

The Special Investigations Response Team is investigating.

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