This is so sad.
Teenager Dies After Swallowing Drugs While In Custody
According to Mail Online
A 19-year-old college student has tragically died after swallowing a baggie of drugs in what appears to be a panicked, split-second decision when her car was pulled over for speeding.
Teenager Madeleine Gene Richardson, who coached a swim team and studied at Lone Star College in Texas, was traveling in a car with friends when they were pulled over during a traffic stop on Friday.
Richardson, from Kingwood, Texas, was arrested along with the 20-year-old driver Gary Keife when an officer spotted some sticky icky residue and drug apparatus including pipes in the car.
A third female passenger was released while Richardson and Keife were charged with a Class-C misdemeanor over the drug paraphernalia.
Richardson was not searched as no female officer was present but her bag was removed and she was placed in handcuffs.
She and Keife were taken in two separate squad cars to the Washington County Jail on Friday afternoon around 2.45pm.
Chief Deputy Jay Petrash told MailOnline that Richardson looked ill when she arrived at the jail entrance just ten minutes later. Officers quickly asked what she had taken.
She admitted to officers that she had swallowed a baggie of drugs leading them to call an ambulance.
Deputy Petrash said, in theory, the teenage girl could have swallowed the drugs when the traffic cop first signaled for their vehicle to stop.
It took around one mile for their vehicle to pull over after the officer had flashed his lights, Deputy Petrash said.
She was taken to Scott & White Hospital-Brenham but pronounced dead at 4.30am on July 6.
It is not clear the quantity of drugs that the 19-year-old girl swallowed. The results of an autopsy have not yet been released.
The Texas Rangers were investigating the young woman’s death in custody as part of standard procedure.
Deputy sheriff Petrash added: ‘It’s a tragedy when it is such a young person. I don’t know, maybe she panicked or got scared.’
Possession of drugs is classed as a felony under Texas law and can carry a prison sentence.
Her funeral is due to be held on Thursday at St Martha Catholic Church in Porter, Texas.
If she hadn’t panicked, she would have realized it was not the end of the world. This is what happens when you have these teenagers raised in a bubble and when real isht hits them, they don’t know how to react. We feel for her family.