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Female Inmate Dies After Medical Emergency at Richmond County Jail; GBI is Investigating


A 34-year-old woman being held on meth charges at the Richmond County Jail died early Thursday after being rushed to the hospital, authorities said.

Ashley Asuncion, of Augusta, was rushed to University Hospital at 1:30 a.m. for a medical emergency, a press release says. She was pronounced dead at 6:42 a.m., Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Her body will be taken to the GBI lab for autopsy. Following protocol, the death investigation was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. There were no immediate signs of foul play, authorities said.

Asuncion had been at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center since Aug. 26 for charges of meth and drug-related objects. She also spent time in jail last year for charges of meth possession and prostitution. Three arrests in prior years involved forgery, a bench warrant and a misdemeanor sentence.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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