Cause of woman’s collapse in Baltimore police custody remains unclear, family says

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.”

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