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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday October 24th, 2023 :: 11:41 a.m. CDT


Woman Dies After Suffering from Apparent Medical Emergency While Awaiting Trial in Jail

A woman died Monday after suffering a medical emergency in the Harris County Jail. 

Detention Officers were notified that Dominga Barrera Trevino, 50, was suffering a medical emergency inside a medical ward of the jail. Harris Health medical staff immediately responded and began lifesaving efforts. She was pronounced deceased at the clinic at approximately 10:32 p.m.

Trevino had no obvious physical injuries. She had been in jail awaiting trial since June 29.

The death is being investigated by the Houston Police Department in accordance with state law that requires all jail deaths to be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency. 

The Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed, which is standard following the death of a person in jail. The woman’s cause of death will be determined by an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. 

In addition, the death has been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

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