Exclusive: Family demanding answers after inmate dies in Madison County jail

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MADISON COUNTY, Miss.(WJTV) – An inmate death at Madison County Detention Center has a family pleading for information about what happened to their loved one. 

Lanekia Michelle Brown, 37, was awaiting trial for a Trafficking of a Controlled Substance charge in the detention center. 

However on Sunday, Brown’s family received a call from a Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer, asking for their address. 

When the trooper arrived at Margaret Johnson’s home, Brown’s mother was told her daughter died in jail. She was told by the trooper a nurse went to check on Brown after she complained of stomach pains, but by time the nurse arrived, it was too late. 

“They did CPR on her over and over… still didn’t get no response… So he just said she was gone.”

Johnson explained her daughter never had any health issues, but she was three to four weeks pregnant. 

After learning of her daughter’s death, Johnson and family members drove down to Madison County, from Grenada, to learn more about Brown’s death and collect her items. However they hit a brick wall. 

Brown’s family was asked to come back Wednesday, December 26 for more information, and they weren’t able to identify the body. 

“I need to know what happened to her… where she at. They won’t tell me or give me no information. That’s my child. I love my child…. I want to know where my child is.”

WJTV 12’s Lanaya Lewis asked the family if they suspect foul play, they all said “yes.”

“It’s very suspicious because like I said we talked to her and she was okay. If she had any kind of problems, she would have let us know,” Lavell, a family member said.

Brown left behind two children.

Heath Hall with Madison County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death of Brown and says Mississippi Bureau of Investigations will be taking over the case and an autopsy is being performed by the Madison County coroner.

Stay with WJTV 12 as we follow this developing story.

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