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NY attorney general probing death of Buffalo jail inmate

September 20, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York attorney general’s office is investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman whose health spiraled while she was held in a Buffalo jail for 16 days.

The investigation was requested by Erie County District Attorney John Flynn following a critical state report in June. It said India Cummings’ 2016 death should be ruled a homicide due to medical neglect.

Sheriff Timothy Howard’s office didn’t immediately respond to Thursday’s announcement by Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Howard has challenged the findings of the Commission of Corrections report. It describes days of bizarre behavior by Cummings after police who were responding to a mental health call arrested her in Lackawanna.

Sixteen days later, Cummings was taken to a hospital, where she died of cardiac arrest caused by acute renal failure.

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