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Pregnant inmate dies at Onondaga Co. Justice Center

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a pregnant inmate.

Sheriff Kevin Walsh says Chuniece Patterson, 21, of Syracuse was found unresponsive in her cell at the Justice Center yesterday morning. She was taken to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Walsh says Patterson had been complaining of shortness of breath overnight and was evaluated by a nurse with no indications of anything life-threatening. An appointment was set up with a doctor for later in the day.

Patterson was being held at the Justice Center on a number of charges, with bail set at $10,000. She had been due back in court Thursday afternoon. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP