RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – The Russell County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Tuesday morning regarding the death of an inmate.
The sheriff has confirmed 64-year-old Shirleen Miles who was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, and resisting arrest died at the hospital on Monday. She was expected to be released from jail Tuesday, July 3.
The woman has an extensive medical history and the autopsy revealed the biggest cause of death was congestive heart failure.
"Obviously I don't want anyone to die in custody of sheriff's office," Russell Co. Sheriff Heath Taylor said. "The inmate had medical issues...I wish she would have survived her medical issues."
Miles had been in jail since May 23. Yesterday, an order from Phenix City Municipal Court was going to allow Miles to sign bond and get out of jail one day early, but Miles was said to be in and out of consciousness yesterday and couldn't sign bond.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was called in to investigate. The sheriff's office says an autopsy reveals multiple medical issues, including cancer that was going untreated.
"we actually have her listed at homeless," said Sheriff Taylor.
Sheriff Taylor said Miles has been in and out of jail, but the only other issue administration had with her was when she fell and hit her head on May 31st , in which she was sent to a local hospital , treated and sent back to jail.
"As far as I am aware , there is no issues with anything we've done at the facility, jail," said Taylor.
The sheriffs office says a family member of Miles did contact the office about the death.
"We hate that her family are having to deal with that loss," said Taylor.
The Russell County Coroner's office says they are trying to work with the family on burial arrangements.