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The family of a woman who died in police custody in Louisville demands justice

WDRB published a report on Ta’Neasha Chappell’s death yesterday (July 18). Chappell was held in Brownstown, Ind.’s Jackson County Jail and transferred to Schneck Memorial Hospital on Friday. She was 23 years old. It is not yet known what caused her hospitalization and ultimately death.

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A family is seeking answers after their daughter died in police custody. 

WDRB published a report on Ta’Neasha Chappell’s death yesterday (July 18). Chappell was held in Brownstown, Ind.’s Jackson County Jail and transferred to Schneck Memorial Hospital on Friday. She was 23 years old. It is not yet known what caused her hospitalization and ultimately death. 

As of May 26, Chappell had been in jail after being arrested on shoplifting charges. In response to Chappell’s death, her family seeks justice. Chappell’s sister, Ronesha Murrell, remembers Chappell’s sense of humor and her big personality and says that it is unsettling. “We want answers, we want justice – we have questions and no answers,” she says. 

Murrell writes in another part of the report, “My mother hasn’t even verified the body.” “Why hasn’t she been able to verify the body?” she asks.” she asks. “They won’t give us any answers.” 

It may have been a case of race playing a part in Chappell’s death, and her father suspects that something is amiss. “I believe there was foul play involved in this case because she was the only Black woman in this jail,” he says. 

The mother of Chappell, Lavita McCain, reports that Chappell called them to say that something was wrong. “She kept calling over and over again, saying they were going to kill me. McCain apologizes for not being able to meet Chappell’s bond payment of $4,007 and says, “Get me out of here.” 

To begin an investigation into the death of Chappell, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the Indiana State Police. 

During this grieving process, the family of Chappell will continue their search for justice. “She was so well known in Louisville. Murrell speaks about the girl she had a daughter with, Ta’Neasha, B Jizzle, Bug. This woman had more than two children. Her oldest is 10, says Murrell. “She was just full of life.” 

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