Jamaican woman falls ill in US immigration custody, dies

KINGSTON, Jamaica —  A Jamaican woman died in hospital on Thursday after falling ill while at an Otay Mesa-area jail in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to reports in the US media.

Marjorie Annmarie Bell, 48, was taken to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Centre in San Diego on Thursday morning for evaluation of complaints of body aches, nausea and chest pain.

A news report by the San Diego 6 news said that the detainee did not respond to treatment and succumbed to heart failure just before 1:00 pm.

“Bell had sought admission to the United States on December 24 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where she allegedly presented a counterfeit Canadian passport to Customs and Border Protection personnel. She was transferred to ICE custody January 2 and was being held pending immigration proceedings,” the report said.

According to media reports Federal officials have notified Bell’s family and the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC, about the fatality.

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