Mother who abandoned children dies in custody, police investigate

by Russell's Rants

The LAPD announced today that it was continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of Alesia Thomas on July 22nd.  Twenty-five year old Thomas was arrested after abandoning her two children at the Southeast Patrol Division.  According to police, she resisted arrest and had to be tackled and then shackled with a hobble restraint device before being placed in the back of a cruiser – where she stopped breathing.  She died on the way to a local hospital.

The story is especially sad because the abandoned children lead the police back to their home on Broadway in South Los Angeles, where their mother allegedly became belligerent with the police while being taken into custody.

The police department has opened two investigations into Thomas’ death – both an administrative and criminal investigation.  Although still tight-lipped about the investigation, it was apparently prompted by an in-car video which revealed “some questionable tactics and improper comments.”

According to Police Chief Charlie Beck:

 “I take all in-custody death investigations very seriously and directed that the officers involved be removed from field duties until further details are known, including what part intoxicants and physical conditions contributed.  I’m confident we will get to the truth, no matter where that leads us.”

Police have not indicated when the investigation will be completed and the final results released.

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