Autopsy for girl who died in jail

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — An autopsy has been ordered on the body of a 17-year-old inmate at the Glynn County detention center who died early Saturday, officials said.

Kara L. Thompson, 17, was found unresponsive in her cell and taken to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital, where she died about 3:45 a.m., Sheriff Wayne V. Bennett said.

There is no evidence of foul play, and the cause of death is unknown, Sheriff Bennett said.

Ms. Thompson had been in jail since May 8 on a charge of entering an auto, he said. Under Georgia law, the charge results when someone is suspected of going into a vehicle with the intent of committing a burglary or other felony.

Chief Magistrate Tim Barton issued the felony warrant based on a complaint by Peggy Cox, Thompson’s grandmother, court records show. The judge set Ms. Thompson’s bail at $2,500.

Sheriff Bennett said he has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the death.

The body was taken to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy, Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden said.

“We may not know anything for a few days,” he said.

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