‘No alcohol or drugs’ found in system of Indigenous woman who died in police custody

remembrance wreathsource: ABC News
published: 5 September 2016

The family of Indigenous woman Rebecca Maher is desperately seeking answers about how their daughter died in NSW police custody, after they sighted a report saying no illegal drugs or alcohol had been found in her system.

Ms Maher, 36, was picked up by police in Cessnock in the early hours of July 19.

Police believed she was in a heavily intoxicated state and took her to Maitland police station about 30 minutes away.

She was detained there despite never being arrested.

Speaking exclusively to 7.30, her mother Debbie said she wanted to know what kind of medical attention her daughter was given before she was found dead in the cell at 6am.

“I asked them straight away, was there medical staff brought in to her? Was she assessed? And they said ‘no’,” Debbie said.

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