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SAN DIEGO: Aleah Mariah Jenkins Died During Arrest With Police Officers

Dec 7, 2018

Aleah Mariah Jenkins, 24, Died After Medical Emergency While Being Arrested By San Diego Police Officers

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (December 4, 2018) – A 24-year-old woman that has been identified as Aleah Mariah Jenkins has tragically died after suffering a medical emergency and being placed on life support. 

San Diego police are saying that the incident began when officers stopped Aleah Jenkins’ car  by La Jolla Village on November 27. She was arrested for an outstanding warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

At some point while the victim was speaking to officers she became sick and started vomiting. Police officers called medics to arrived at the scene, but she told officers that she had an upset stomach so they were called off. 

While she was being booked into jail she became unresponsive. Officers called the Fire Department once more and she was taken to the hospital. Aleah Mariah Jenkins remained on life support until her death this past Thursday. 

San Diego police officers are encouraging anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Liability For In Custody Deaths

Police officials have a responsibility to take care of suspects that are in their custody. In short, police officials can have a “special relationship” with a suspect when they have assumed control over that person’s autonomy. This may happen when a suspect is apprehended and placed in hand cuffs. At this point, officers have a responsibility to safeguard the safety of the suspect and take reasonable steps to ensure their medical needs. If officers fail to act reasonably and provide a suspect with adequate care they could face civil liability if the suspect dies or is injured. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if officers acted reasonably. 

Getting Help After An Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Aleah Mariah Jenkins. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It’s deeply unfortunate that a very young woman died in this manner. The San Diego PD should make sure that officers are adequately trained to help suspects that are experiencing a medical emergency. 

Has someone that you love died while in police custody? There are laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. We have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation into your case and let you know what your options are. Whether you need a police report after an incident or have questions about your rights we can help. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. MATTHEW MEYER. Young woman dies after medical emergency during arrest. December 6, 2018
  2. Darrell L. Ross. Liability and Wrongful In-Custody Deaths. 2018.

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