St. Albans, Vermont - August 18 2009
Vermont State Police are investigating a death at the state prison in St. Albans.
Corrections officials say Ashley Ellis, 23, of Castleton, died Sunday-- just two days into a month-long sentence.
Investigators say it appears Ellis died from natural causes.
Human Services Secretary Rob Hofmann says Ellis was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Hofmann says state police looked into the situation and found no negligence by prison workers.
"All indications are that staff responded very promptly in providing aid, eliciting the help of emergency medical response teams, rushing the woman to a local hospital," Hofmann said.
An autopsy is already done and the medical examiner is awaiting a toxicology report before issuing a final cause of death. That report should be complete in about four weeks.
Kristin Carlson - WCAX News
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