Mother jailed for stealing shampoo, cheese and bubble bath, found dead in cell

A heartbroken daughter has taken aim at prison staff after her mother, who was jailed for stealing shampoo and cheese, tragically took her own life behind bars when her pleas for help were ignored, it has emerged a judicial investigation.

Christine McDonald, 55, was locked up at HMP Styal in Cheshire on March 1, 2019, for stealing items including shampoo, bubble bath, hair dye and cheese, and failing to comply with the community requirement of a suspended sentence.

The day after her imprisonment, Christine was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital after concerns were raised during a health check at the prison.

Despite this, she was returned to her cell the same day, where she was discovered by officers later that evening with self-inflicted wounds.

Tragically, she passed away on March 3. A recent inquest at Cheshire Coroners’ Court found that neglect played a role in her death, with the jury noting that healthcare procedures were not properly followed by staff.

Christine’s devastated daughter Cheri said her mother was desperate for help but was left to fend for herself. She said: “Prison and healthcare staff had a responsibility and duty of care to at least ensure she stayed alive, they failed to do so.”

Following the coroner’s grim findings, a prison service representative assured that the conclusions would be seriously considered, the Manchester Evening News reports. The inquest, which concluded on May 10, heard that Christine had been given a 12-week stint at HMP Styal.

A mother struggling with opiate addiction was arrested in Blackpool along with one of her daughters, who tragically fell from the third floor and suffered serious injuries. Upon her arrival at the jail, she was described as anxious, suffering from opiate withdrawal and deeply concerned for her injured daughter.

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