Mom Found Dead in Berks Co. Prison Cell

Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a woman found dead in a Berks County Prison cell had been ordered to prison for the weekend for failure to pay truancy fines related to her children.

The Reading Eagle reports that 55-year-old Eileen DiNino of Reading was found unresponsive at Berks County Prison on Friday. She was pronounced dead shortly afterward at nearby St. Joseph Medical Center.

State police said troopers found no evidence that the death was suspicious but were investigating. Officials said an autopsy was inconclusive, and toxicology test results are awaited.
Officials said DiNino was sentenced to 48 hours because of more than $2,000 fines levied in nine active truancy cases. Court records show a total of 55 citations between 1999 and last year.

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