An autopsy determined that Anna Brown's death was caused by blood clots that formed in her legs and migrated to her lungs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The newspaper also obtained surveillance footage of the woman's final moments. In the video, officers are seen carrying Brown into a jail cell. The cell door closes, and Brown is heard moaning and crying. The video can be seen at YouTube http://youtu.be/_qxKQpQotSo and embedded below.
Anne Brown was was emotionally stressed by her dire economic conditions. A New Year's Eve tornado in 2010 destroyed Brown's home in north St. Louis home, the Post-Dispatch reported. She and her two children moved to Berkeley, a St. Louis suburb, and she lost her job at a sandwich shop soon afterward. According to the Post-Dispatch, her utilities were shut off because she stopped paying her bills. After a child welfare agent who visited the home in April found a feces-filled toilet, burn marks on the floor where Brown had lit fires to keep warm and other distressing signs, Brown was arrested for parental neglect. Police reported at the time that she seemed confused, the newspaper reported. Brown's mother assumed guardianship of the children but was not permitted to let Brown live with them. Brown lived in shelters until her death.
Homelessness, prison and death must stop being America's response to poverty and mental illness.
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