Kan. county jail inmate found unresponsive in cell, dies

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -

Prison officials at the Johnson County Detention Center are reporting that an inmate has died after she was found unresponsive in her cell.

The sheriff’s office said Wanda Denise Kendrick,59,  was found unconscious in her cell Friday morning while jail staff were conducting a welfare check. Prison staff attempted to resuscitate her. Kendrick was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead later that afternoon.

Officials say Kendrick was alone in the cell. She had been jailed since Feb. 23 on two counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of obstructing legal process.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

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