WAUKEGAN — A female inmate at the Lake County Jail on Dec. 16 was found unresponsive in her cell, and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, police said.
About 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, a Lake County Corrections Officer was conducting routine rounds in the jail’s medical pod. The correctional officer observed a24-year-old female inmate Khayla Evans of Grand Prairie, Texas, on the bed of the cell with her eyes closed, according to a news release.
The correctional officer noticed that Evans’ chest was not rising and immediately opened the cell’s door and found her unresponsive and without a pulse. The corrections officer initiated a medical emergency response and summoned an ambulance.
Correctional officers performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on Evans until paramedics arrived. She was transported to Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan, where she was pronounced deceased, the release stated.
On Dec. 19, an autopsy was completed at the Lake County Coroner’s Office. The autopsy revealed that there were underlying medical conditions, that there were no significant injuries to Evans, and final results are pending toxicology and further microbiology testing, according to a news release from the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
Evans had been in custody since July 1 on the charges of aggravated battery to a child. She was recently found unfit to stand trial and the jail was waiting for space to become available at the Illinois Department of Human Services so she could be transferred for fitness restoration treatment.
While awaiting transport, Evans was assigned to a single-inmate cell pod. The inmate’s cell door was closed and there were no other inmates in the vicinity. Rounds were conducted at least 30 minutes prior to this incident and at that time, Evans appeared to be well.
Per protocol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to conduct an independent investigation.
Source: The Daily Chronicle