30-year-old inmate dies after being rushed from Cumberland County Jail to hospital

Posted July 31, 2013, at 5:34 p.m.
Last modified July 31, 2013, at 5:55 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Portland woman on a state probation hold at Cumberland County Jail died Wednesday morning after suffering seizures, according to a county sheriff’s office announcement.

Karyn Victoria Kundishora-Nowlan was being held in the jail medical unit for observation because of what the sheriff’s office called prior “seizure activity” when a nurse on routine rounds at 5:17 a.m. discovered the inmate had a low pulse.

“First aid and CPR were administered on the inmate, and the Portland rescue unit was immediately called,” the Wednesday afternoon announcement by Capt. Steve Butts stated, in part. “Inmate Kundishora-Nowlan was then transported, by rescue, to Maine Medical Center for care. At approximately [6:16 a.m.], jail supervisory staff were notified that Ms. Kundishora-Nowlan had passed away during medical care at the hospital.”

The statement went on to describe the cause of death as “undetermined,” and noted that the inmate’s remains will be examined by the state medical examiner’s office.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Department are investigating the incident, according to the Wednesday afternoon announcement.

Kundishora-Nowlan’s criminal history includes arrests for drug possession, violating a protection order and operating with a suspended license, according to previous media reports.

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