UPDATE: Inmate Death Ruled a Homicide

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the September death of a 53-year-old inmate who suffered a medical emergency in her cell at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC) a homicide. Our detectives received the autopsy results yesterday which revealed that Henrietta Smith, of Washington, D.C., died of blunt force trauma to the head. Detectives believe this injury was sustained prior to her arrest.

Officers originally came in contact with Smith on August 20 when they responded to an assault call at a home in the 5900 block of Woodfield Estates Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. While on scene, officers learned Smith was wanted for a parole violation and also found her to be in possession of crack cocaine. She was arrested. A preliminary investigation into the assault revealed an acquaintance hit her in the head with a blunt object before officers arrived. Smith was offered medical treatment at the scene, which she refused. Medical staff at the ADC evaluated her before she was admitted into the jail.

Just before 7 p.m. on August 31, a Sheriff’s deputy was informed Smith needed medical attention in her cell. Sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel immediately rendered aid and called for paramedics. Smith was taken to the hospital and remained there until she died a week later. Our homicide unit has been working this case since August 31 and detectives continue to follow leads to arrest the person(s) responsible for Smith’s death. Our Major Crimes Bureau routinely investigates all Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office’s in-custody deaths.

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(Original release date: September 7, 2017)

Fairfax County Police Department Investigating Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Death

Detectives are investigating the death of a 53-year-old inmate at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center after she suffered a medical emergency in her cell on August 31 and was taken to the hospital. She was pronounced dead today. Our department investigates any Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office’s in-custody death. To view the Sheriff’s Office release of information regarding this incident, click here:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/custody-death-update

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