On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Long Beach Police stopped a vehicle for traffic violations in the area of Carson Street and the 605 freeway. During the course of the traffic stop the officer discovered a passenger in the vehicle, 53-year-old Deborah Lynn Day, had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest. Mrs. Day was placed under arrest and transported to the Long Beach Police Department Jail Booking Facility.
During the booking process, jail medical personnel examined Mrs. Day. Mrs. Day had no apparent medical issues, however she appeared to be under the influence of drugs and therefore closely monitored. Mrs. Day became agitated during the booking process, which led medical staff and booking personnel to request paramedics transport her to a hospital for further examination.
Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Mrs. Day to a local hospital. Shortly after her arrival, Mrs. Day went into medical distress and was resuscitated by hospital staff. Mrs. Day remained at the hospital in critical condition. At approximately 5:10 p.m. on May 27th, Mrs. Day again went into medical distress. Hospital staff was unable to revive her and she was pronounced deceased.
Detectives from the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail responded to investigate due to Mrs. Day’s medical issues becoming apparent while in-custody, which is standard practice in all cases of in-custody deaths. The investigation remains ongoing.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Sean Irving at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org