Snohomish Co. officials: Jailed woman died of natural causes

EVERETT, Wash. -- The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says a 51-year-old woman who died at the Snohomish County Jail in July died of natural causes.

The office said Tuesday that contributing factors included probable alcohol withdrawal and alcoholic ketoacidosis, an imbalance in the blood associated with problem drinking.

The Daily Herald reports that Kathleen Ann Swann-Deutsch, of Woodinville, tested at nearly four times the legal blood alcohol limit when she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on July 24.

A Snohomish County sheriff's office investigation into her death is finishing up. Detectives have been awaiting autopsy results.

Swann-Deutsch's death was the eighth at the facility since 2010.

William Williams, 59, died in jail last September after jail staff Tased and put him in an isolation cell.

In January, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner ruled the death was homicide.

Williams had been arrested that same night on suspicion of theft for allegedly shoplifting from an Everett gas station. After the death, Aaron Snell with Everett Police said Williams had become combative and wouldn't follow jail staff's commands after he was processed into jail, which led to the physical altercation.

The family of another woman who died in the Snohomish County Jail recently filed a $10 million wrongful death claim.

The claim says complacency by guards and medical staff resulted in the November 2011 death of 27-year-old Lyndsey Elizabeth Lason, who had been arrested for investigation of theft and prostitution.

Michael Saffioti, 22, died in a Snohomish County Jail cell in July of what his mother believes was a severe allergic reaction.

Despite witness testimony that jail guards mocked the dying man, the Sheriff's Office announced earlier this year it would not recommend charges against the guards or staff.