By Associated Press - Monday, April 18, 2016

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a county jail in metro Atlanta.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said an inmate in the medical unit of the Cherokee Adult Detention Center was found dead on Sunday.

Sheriff’s officials said the inmate - 52-year-old Deloris Ashcraft of Acworth - had been arrested by sheriff’s deputies on April 6 on charges of simple battery; methamphetamine possession and marijuana possession.

The sheriff’s department said in a statement that Ashcraft had an extensive history of health issues. They said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate, which is standard practice when inmates die in custody.

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