Woman Collapses and Dies While in Custody at the St. Lucie County Jail

Cindy Faye Spickelmier

Cindy Faye Spickelmier

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announced that at approximately 8:35pm last night, 51 year old inmate Cindy Faye Spickelmier was in her cell when she grabbed her chest and told cellmates to get a nurse. Her cellmates immediately got the attention of deputies working that dorm.

 Those deputies quickly responded and found Spickelmier unresponsive on the floor. They administered CPR and applied an Automated External Defibrilator while they waited on paramedics from the St. Lucie County Fire District to arrive.

Ms. Spickelmier was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Records show on October 21, 2015 the Ft. Pierce Police Department, along with paramedics, responded to the area of Boston Avenue and N. 13th Street where they found Cindy Spickelmier unresponsive.  She was transported to Lawnwood where she was treated for severe intoxication.  While there, a combative Spickelmier slapped a nurse in the face and was arrested for Battery on an Emergency Medical Care Provider.

After being released from the hospital, she was transported by the Ft. Pierce Police Department to the St. Lucie County Jail.  On the way, she managed to get the seatbelt around her neck in an attempt to take her own life.  Jail staff nurses evaluated her and paramedics were called to transport her back to Lawnwood Medical Center for medical clearance, due to possible injuries sustained by the seatbelt.

 She was again released from the hospital and taken back to the St. Lucie County Jail.  Ms. Spickelmier was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.  Her daughter was notified of her death.  An autopsy to determine cause of death is planned for sometime Wednesday.

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