Family searching for answers after woman dies in RCMP custody hours after arrest

The family of an Manitoba woman wants to know why she died in an RCMP jail cell hours after being picked up on suspicion of being intoxicated.

Celine Samuel, 44, from Northlands Denesuline First Nation, spent the last minutes of her life alone in a cold cell in Thompson, Man.

There was no mattress, no pillows, no blanket — just a concrete cell designed to let intoxicated people sleep it off.

Her family knew Samuel was not well and had been at a Winnipeg hospital weeks earlier after suffering multiple seizures, her daughter Shelly Watt told CBC News.

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