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No charges in mom's truancy-linked jail death

September 4, 2014
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A police review shows that a Pennsylvania woman who died during a weekend jail stint over truancy fines had complained of breathing problems earlier that day.

State police said Thursday no criminal charges would be filed in the June 7 death of 55-year-old Eileen DiNino, of Reading.

DiNino entered the Berks County Prison the night before to clear $2,000 in fines from her children's school absences.

State police spokesman David Beohm (bayme) says the review found she reported having "discomfort and some difficulty breathing," was seen by medical staff and then returned to her cell. She was found unresponsive later. An autopsy shows she died of natural causes.

DiNino's death has prompted statehouse debate about the criminal prosecution of truancy.

WFMZ-TV in Allentown first reported on the state police findings.



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