The cause of a woman’s collapse in a Baltimore police station over the weekend — an incident that led to the suspension of a police lieutenant pending an internal investigation — remained unclear Wednesday, according to her family.
Mable Coates said her daughter, Kim Doreen Chase, 52, remained in critical condition at Saint Agnes Hospital, and doctors had yet to determine what was wrong with her.
“That’s why they are testing,” Coates said. “It takes time, that’s all.”
Coates said her family has many questions about what happened to Chase and is “just hoping and praying” that answers come. She did not blame police, she said.
“I don’t think they did nothing wrong,” she said.
Coates said because her daughter’s medical condition was so unclear, there was little she could add — and little police could say, either. “You can’t just put stuff out to please the public.”
The case first gained attention Monday when Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the internal investigation, the suspension of the lieutenant and the placement of two patrol officers on administrative duty. Police have not publicly identified the lieutenant or the two officers. Davis spoke again about the case Wednesday.
Police did not identify Chase by name. Davis said police could not discuss her medical condition and did not have results of toxicology tests as of Wednesday.
Chase was stopped in the 100 block of S. Calverton Road, not far from her mother’s home, about 10:45 a.m. Sunday by officers serving an open warrant for her arrest from Calvert County, according to police. Drug paraphernalia was found on her, police said.
Chase was then taken to her mother’s home in the 2100 block of Hillen St., where Davis said she was allowed to retrieve personal items. He said that was normal. She was also allowed to have her hair braided by a family member, which was not normal, Davis said Wednesday.
At 1:30 p.m., she was…