Latandra Ellington was found dead in a confinement cell at Lowell Correctional Institution, 24 hours after she filed a complaint alleging that a corrections officer had threatened to kill her.
The Miami Herald reports that her family has now filed a lawsuit saying that Ellington had been beaten, subjected to inhumane treatment, and did not receive proper medical care. The 36-year-old mother of four had only seven months left on her 22-year prison term.
The medical examiner ruled that Ellington died as result of heart disease and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found no evidence of foul play.
No one has been charged in the death of Ellington.