Inmate dies following incarceration

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By Natasha LaFayette

A county inmate has died after being found unconscious in her cell.

On Wednesday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Tuesday morning Sheila Jean Riggs, 40, of LaFollette was found and appeared to be suffering from cardiac arrest. She had been incarcerated less than 24 hours

In a press release Sheriff Gary Perkins said corrections officers found Riggs at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and immediately began administering CPR.

Officers continued trying to stabilize Riggs until emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene, said Perkins. Riggs was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Riggs was arrested on Monday afternoon following a pursuit by the LaFollette Police Department. Felonious amount of scheduled narcotics were found in her vehicle upon arrest.

Rigg’s body was transported to the UT Forensics Lab in Knoxville for an autopsy. Perkins stated he was not sure if the death was drug related.

Riggs was being held with the general population and there were other women in the cell with Riggs during the incident, according to Perkins.