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Manchester Police Investigate Apparent Suicide in Manchester Jail

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Police are investigating the death of a woman last weekend in a Manchester jail. 

Deatrah Reilly, 32, was found dead in her jail cell on Saturday after an apparent suicide.

Her mother, Lorri Moore, says Reilly struggled with drug addiction and depression.

She was arrested on outstanding warrants, including for drug possession. 

"She was in Valley Street Jail," says Moore. "Everyone told me leave her there - it will help her, it will save her life."

Moore says Reilly was under suicide watch and should have been getting treatment or more consistent supervision.

The jail says Reilly was under detox watch at the time of her death, which requires medical check-ups every 20 minutes.

Valley Street Jail has been under scrutiny in recent years for treatment of inmates and poor medical care.

Dave Dionne, the Superintendent of Valley Street Jail, said the jail will embark on its own investigation after the Coroner's report and the Manchester Police investigation are complete.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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