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Two women died in local police custody Thursday, coroners say

Official: One died by suicide, one died of illness
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Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 13:28:50-05

Two women died Thursday while in the custody of local law enforcement.

One inmate -- Samantha Young of Cincinnati -- died at the Butler County jail Thursday, according to the coroner's office. Young, 21, hanged herself in the facility on Hanover Street.

Young was in jail charged with violating probation. A report from WCPO news partner WHIO said Young "had been involved in an altercation with another inmate sometime before the suicide."

Young was found around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. She had been in the jail since Jan. 14.

Samantha Young. Mugshot by the Butler County jail.

“This is a tragedy. Our condolences go out to the family,” Lt. Rick Bucheit said of Young's death.

A death investigation is still pending for the second woman who died Thursday; she died while in police custody at a medical facility, Maj. Brett Richardson told the Journal-News Friday.

Richardson said the female inmate became ill Tuesday and was taken to a medical center for care on Wednesday.

Richardson did not disclose the inmate's name or age, but said the death was "suspected to be from natural causes."