While serving a two-day sentence in jail for her children’s absence from school, a mother of seven from Reading, Pennsylvania, died in her Berks County cell.
On Saturday, Eileen DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found unresponsive. She was only halfway through her court ordered 48-hour sentence that was meant to erase about $2,000 in court costs and fines related to her truant kids.
According to the Associated Press, her substantial debt had been accruing since 1999, but was locked up by District Judge Dean R. Patton for failing to pay for the past four years.
“Did something happen? Was she scared to death?” asked Patton. “This lady didn’t need to be there. We don’t do debtors prisons anymore. That went out 100 years ago.”
Police said there were no signs of foul play, but the official cause of death has not been determined.