Associated Press - August 19, 2009 7:25 AM ET
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Court records show a 23-year-old Vermont woman who died at the state prison in St. Albans had recently sought treatment for an eating disorder.
Ashley Ellis of Castleton died Sunday, two days after she began serving a 30-day sentence on a misdemeanor conviction for careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
State Human Services Agency Secretary Rob Hofmann tells the Burlington Free Press that Ellis had choked on food she was eating.
The Corrections Department is conducting a review. An autopsy didn't identify a cause of death, pending the outcome of a toxicology report.
Hofmann said he was told that Ellis had been eating food in the two days following her arrival. A family friend said Ellis was on several medications for her eating disorder and for chest pains.
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