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A 27-year-old woman serving a 45-day sentence in the Adams County Jail died in custody last week.
Bernadette Jaquez, who was serving a sentence for theft, died last Tuesday, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.
At about 8:50 p.m., during a routine check, Jaquez was found "unresponsive" in her cell at the jail's medical unit, said Sgt. Candi Baker, a sheriff's spokeswoman. Jaquez received medical assistance and was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Jaquez had been in jail since Oct. 8.
"The cause of death is under investigation but there is no indication of foul play at this time," the sheriff's office said in a media release.
The coroner's office is awaiting test results, which could take between four to six weeks, before declaring an official cause of death.
Jaquez has a prior criminal record in the state, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, including a 2007 conviction on possession of a controlled substance in Denver, as well as 2004 arrest in Denver for possession of narcotic equipment, injection devices.