County jail inmate dies


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URBANA — A 45-year-old Savoy woman was found dead in her cell at the Champaign County Jail on Tuesday evening.

A release from Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said officers found Toya Frazier a little after 5 p.m., and immediately started administering CPR. 

Both the Urbana Fire Department and emergency medical technicians responded. Ms. Frazier was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana, according to Walsh’s release.

Ms. Frazier had turned herself in at the jail Monday to begin serving a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for felony theft that had been imposed back in July at the time she pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd. She was expected to be transferred to a Department of Corrections prison later this week. When she pleaded guilty, two other criminal cases charging her with burglary and theft were dismissed.

Court records indicate that Ms. Frazier, through her public defender, had asked to delay the start of her prison sentence because of health problems on at least three occasions in August, September and October. Ladd agreed to all those continuances. Court records also indicate that she had asked for drug treatment at the time she was sentenced to prison.

The release said that while foul play is not suspected and the death is believed to be a "medical incident," the sheriff has asked the Illinois State Police to investigate. 

The sheriff’s office and coroner are also conducting an investigation, the release said.

A preliminary autopsy did not reveal a cause of death, the release said. Toxicology results are expected to take a few weeks.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).