Female inmate who died in police car bled out

July 25, 2013 in News, Statewide News

A female inmate who died in the back of a police car while being transported to a hospital had fractured ribs causing her to bleed out, the Copiah County coroner said.

Coroner Ellis Stewart said 40-year-old Stephanie Fay Howell fell about a week before she was taken into custody around July 9 or 10, WLBT reported. Howell suffered fractured ribs and one of her ribs went into her spleen, which caused a slow bleed, according to the coroner.

Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones says Howell died in a police car outside a doctor’s office on July 12.