37-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Cleveland Jail: Update

According to police, Ralkina Jones was arrested on Friday after she had an argument with her ex-husband. Her body was found Sunday. 

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Updated Monday, July 27, 6 p.m. EDT: Ralkina Jones, 37, of Cleveland argued with an ex outside a Save-a-Lot store in Cleveland Heights Friday before she was arrested and charged with “assault, domestic violence, endangering a child and criminal mischief,” according to CBS 5.

According to Cleveland Heights police officials who spoke with the news station, Jones reportedly broke her ex-husband’s car window and tried to break his windshield with a tire iron. Jones allegedly hit the man, identified only as “Brandon,” in the arm with the tire iron. Jones then reportedly hopped into her car and came very close to running over Brandon and a friend of his. According to the news station, Jones’ 12-year-old child was in the backseat of the car at the time of the incident.

Police told the news station that Jones “seemed lethargic when they checked on her in jail.” She was taken to the hospital around 7:15 p.m. Saturday and given medication for a prior health condition. She was released from the hospital and taken back to jail around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, CBS 5 reports.

According to the news station, Jones was last checked around 12:45 a.m. Sunday and her vitals were recorded as fine. Police officials told the news station that they continued to monitor her with random checks thoughout the morning. Jones was found dead in her cell around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. 


Ralkina Jones, 37, of Cleveland was found dead in a Cleveland Heights jail over the weekend.

According to family members who spoke with CBS 5, she was arrested on Friday after having an argument with her husband at his job.

Jones’ body was found Sunday, and police are investigating the incident. According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Read more at CBS 5.