Inmate Dies at Downtown Riverside Jail

Ceci Partridge

Update: The woman has been identified as Cynthia Heredia, 59, of Lake Elsinore.

According to jail records, Heredia was arrested at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. 2022, in Lake Elsinore at Main and Flint Streets.

She was facing 2 felony counts one for child abuse and the other for child endangerment.


(CNS) – A female inmate died Thursday at the Robert Presley Detention Center in downtown Riverside, but authorities said there are no indications of “foul play.”

Riverside County sheriff’s Capt. Victoria Varisco-Flores said correctional deputies were alerted about 4:40 a.m. that the inmate was unconscious in her cell.

Varisco-Flores said jail medical personnel were summoned and immediately initiated life-saving measures. Riverside Fire Department paramedics arrived soon afterward and took over, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

The detainee was pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m.

“The inmate was in the custody of the sheriff’s department for two days and had a history of medical problems,” Varisco-Flores said.

She said an investigation was underway, but preliminary findings already indicated “no signs of foul play.”

No other details were released.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Corrections Division at 951-922-7152.

Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.

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