Woman Dies in ICE Custody

A Jamaican woman died of heart failure while waiting for immigration proceedings

By Andie Adams
|  Friday, Feb 14, 2014  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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A Jamaican woman in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) died at a San Diego hospital Thursday afternoon. 

ICE officials said 48-year-old Marjorie Annmarie Bell was at the Otay Detention Facility when she started to complain of  body aches, nausea and chest pain.

She was rushed to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, and although doctors tried to treat her, she died from heart failure just before 1 p.m. Thursday. 

According to ICE, Bell tried to cross through the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Mexico on Dec. 24, 2013. She showed customs agents a counterfeit Canadian passport and was immediately arrested. 

Bell was transferred to ICE's Otay Detention Facility on Jan. 2, where she was waiting for immigration proceedings. 

The woman's next of kin has been notified, and so has the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

ICE reports that Bell's death is the first detainee fatality at the Otay Detention Facility in five years.

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