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Berks County woman jailed in truancy cases found dead

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2014 8:15 AM
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(Reading) --  Authorities say a woman found dead in her jail cell had been ordered to prison for the weekend for failure to pay $2,000 in fines for her children skipping school.

State police say 55-year-old Eileen DiNino of Reading was found unresponsive at Berks County Prison on Saturday morning. 

Police say the death isn't suspicious but the cause hasn't been determined yet.

The judge who sentenced the woman says the woman "should not have died alone in prison." But Judge Dean Patton says under the law, his only option was to give her jail time.

DiNino faced fines from nine active truancy cases. Court records show a total of 55 citations between 1999 and last year.

An earlier story is below:

Authorities say a woman found dead in a Berks County Prison cell had been ordered to prison for the weekend for failure to pay truancy fines related to her children.

55-year-old Eileen DiNino of Reading was found unresponsive at Berks County Prison last Saturday.  She was pronounced dead shortly afterward at nearby St. Joseph Medical Center.

DiNino was sentenced to 48 hours because of more than $2,000  in fines levied in nine active truancy cases.  Court records show a total of 55 citations between 1999 and last year.

State police say troopers found no evidence the death was suspicious but were investigating. An autopsy was inconclusive, and results from toxicology test results aren't in yet.

An earlier verson of this story initially indicated the woman was found dead on Friday. She was found on Saturday.

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  • Forbiddeninheaven Uselessinhell img 2014-06-11 13:57

    This 55 year old woman was serving jail time because of unpaid truancy fines/court costs that came from her children not going to school?! How in the heck is putting the parent in jail for a child skipping school teaching the child anything? When that child becomes an adult if they rob a bank will the authorities put the parent in jail? Come on! Every good parent understands that we must teach our children to be accountable for their actions. Now that this woman is dead, I wonder if the child in question will straighten up and go to school now? Doubt it. When a child has truancy issues to the point that the parent has to go to jail for not being able to pay the fines/court costs I doubt the child cares if their mother lives or dies.

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