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Mother of 8 Dies At Police Headquarters While Awaiting Arraignment


42-year-old Raynette Turner, was found dead in a police holding cell while awaiting arraignment on a shoplifting charge on Monday.

Raynette Turner's husband, Herman Turner is seeking answers on how his wife and mother of eight died at police headquarters, The Journal News reports.

"If they [Mount Vernon police] did their job she would still be alive." he said Tuesday evening.

"I want somebody's head to roll on this. I am not going to rest until I get some type of justice for my wife. That's the bottom line."

Raynette Turner was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly stealing crab legs from Restaurant Depot according to Mount Vernon Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Burke.
On Monday Herman Turner went to City Court to await his wife's arraignment. He was told that she would likely be released without bail, according to his attorney. Later, he was told that she was not feeling well, delaying her arraignment. Herman Turner sat in court Monday until about 4 p.m. waiting for his wife's arraignment which never happened.

Herman Turner did not know that his wife had died until Tuesday morning when two detectives came to their home to break the news.

"No one said anything to me about my wife was downstairs, dead," he said. "They just let me sit in the courtroom all day long, waiting for her to come and be seen by the judge."

According to officials, Turner was taken Montefiore Mount Vernon hospital between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. She told police that she did not feel well and was treated for hypertension. She returned to police custody shortly after 10 p.m.

Turner was last seen alive between noon and 1 p.m. on Monday. She was found dead at 2 p.m.


Herman Turner speaks in his attorney's office about the death of his wife, Raynette Turner below. 

View the news conference below. Photo: Turner Family Source: The Journal News

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