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Autopsy: Death of 18-year-old woman in Bessemer jail happened after drug overdose


BESSEMER, Alabama — An autopsy has found that an 18-year-old Brighton woman died in the Bessemer City Jail after a drug overdose.

Sheneque Proctor was found dead Nov. 2, less than 24 hours after being arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges after a disturbance at a Bessemer motel.

Authorities have said that Proctor struggled with police during the arrest, and that officers used pepper spray on her. reports ( that the Jefferson County Coroner's Office found that the cause of her death was complications of overdosing on a combination of drugs.

The autopsy states that tests found cocaine, methadone and alprazolam in her system. Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

The coroner's report lists the manner of death as accidental.

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