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Transgender Rikers Inmate’s Death Caused by Epilepsy

RIKERS ISLAND, NY –

Layleen Cubilette-Polanco, the transgender Rikers Island inmate found dead in her cell in June, died due to complications from epilepsy, officials announced.

Polanco, 27, died naturally last month as a result of “[s]udden unexplained death in epilepsy,” the Office of the City Medical Examiner revealed late Tuesday.

“Genetic testing on this decedent showed a biological mutation in the CANNA1H gene which is the likely cause of her epilepsy; variants in this gene are associated with seizures,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson in a statement released to the media.

Polanco was discovered in her cell at Rikers’ Rose M. Singer Center on June 7, while she was being held in solitary confinement, a Department of Corrections spokesperson previously said.

She was jailed when she was unable to make $500 bail for charges related to an arrest on April 13, at which time she also had an open warrant.

 

BY: Stephanie Pagones

PUBLISHED: NY Post

LINK: https://nypost.com/2019/07/31/transgender-rikers-inmates-death-caused-by-epilepsy-officials/

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