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LMDC inmate dies in custody; 2nd inmate death in five days

Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into the jail on Dec. 1
Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into LMDC on Dec. 1. She died after...
Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into LMDC on Dec. 1. She died after being brought to the hospital on Dec. 3.(LMDC)
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 1:44 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2021 at 1:47 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - For the second time this week an investigation is underway into the death of an inmate while in custody at Louisville Metro Corrections.

Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into the jail on Dec. 1. Her identity was released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Dec. 3.

Smith was found unresponsive around 5 a.m. inside a housing unit. LMDC officials say the officer who found her called for medical staff and started treatment before she was taken to UofL Health - University Hospital by Metro EMS; she died around 5:30 a.m. at the hospital.

LMDC Director Dwayne Clark has ordered the Metro Corrections professional standards unit to conduct an internal investigation.

On Nov. 29, LMDC officers found a 59-year-old man unresponsive by jail officers. That inmate later died.

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