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Female Inmate Dies at Jail

The San Lorenzo Valley woman was serving time for a probation violation; the cause of her death is under investigation.

A San Lorenzo Valley woman incarcerated in the Santa Cruz County Jail died Saturday, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Christy Ann Sanders, 27, was serving a 60-day sentence for a probation violation at the Main Jail in Santa Cruz when another inmate reported she had stopped breathing around 9 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Steve Carney said.

Jail staff and paramedics worked to revive her, but their efforts were not successful.

Neither suicide nor foul play is suspected, Carney said.

"By all accounts there's no foul play found, there's no trauma," he said, adding that Sanders' death is likely due to a medical condition or natural causes.

An autopsy is planned.

Carney said jail staff completes checks on inmates at least every hour and had looked in on the area where Sanders was held just 8 minutes before she stopped breathing.

Sanders was assigned to the general population, meaning she shared a dorm-like area with several women and was not confined to a cell, Carney said.

Sanders had been booked into County Jail on Aug. 12 and was scheduled to be released Sept. 9, Carney said.

Jail deaths are rare in the Santa Cruz County jail facilities. Carney said he could think of just two in the past five years; both of those were suicides, he said.

The county jail facilities are managed by the Sheriff's Office. They include Main Jail on Water Street in Santa Cruz—where Sanders was held—as well as the Blaine Street low-security women's facility in Santa Cruz and Rountree, a low-security men's facility outside Watsonville.

Amanda Reckenwithe August 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
These people all sound addled.....Just a stream of consciousness with broken thoughts. This is very disturbing. Santa Cruz seems to be SOAKING in drugs.
kate keesler August 28, 2012 at 07:08 PM
when i was in jail amanda inmates were given speed men viagra this is true i am not a person to create trouble lies for what purpose of the lords wuld i be serving. food is 50% pink slim wieght gain is commen depression indeed Medications given to imates in controlled substances. addiction walks out of the jails onto the streets. horrible. i also saw inmates calculating commodoties stocks blew my mind then I saw uniforms PD's insiders having sex with the girls. period there are no people i hold ill feelings toward enough manipulate spread rumors santa cruz county jail system is under the thumbs of greed criminal minds who is bob lee d.a.?
Whitey Joe Young August 29, 2012 at 02:37 PM
kate keesler - bla bla bla bla BLA bla Bla Blah (umm, need I go on?) etc.
Angela Powers September 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
R.I.P. Christy. I miss you. God Bless your family.
warren west February 09, 2013 at 03:37 AM
1 yr ago i was put in g tank sc for tresspass / the doors were sealed with no air except 4 under the door/ in order to survive suffocation from dioxide poisoning i had to lay on my stomach on cold concret and suck air from under the door /i am 62 yr old with arthritus which was very painful / mon after 3 days i plead guilty to a crime which i did not do / the ajoining inmates skin was a death grey turned blue/ warren west/ solartram@gmil.com

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