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Mother jailed for her children's truancy found dead in cell

Mother jailed for her children's truancy found dead in cell

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jun 12, 2014

After being ordered by a Pennsylvania court to spend 48 hours in jail for non-payment of debt, a mother of seven was mysteriously found dead halfway through her sentence at Berks County Prison. However, foul play is not being considered.

Eileen DiNino's debt began piling up in 1999. The 48-hour sentence would reportedly have wiped an estimated $2,000 in fines and court fees from the 55-year-old woman's record. The numerous court visits involved repeated truancy fines in connection with her seven children.

"District Judge Dean R. Patton, who reluctantly sent her to prison after she failed to pay the debt for four years, described her as a 'lost soul,'" reports the UK's Daily Mail. "Did something happen? Was she scared to death? This lady didn't need to be there," Patton now says.

Patton says that DiNino's children "ruled the roost," and did not help their mother at all.

An investigation into the specific cause of death continues at this time. 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.