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Suicide suspected in death of MCCC inmate

An inmate at the Maui Community Correctional Center was pronounced dead after she was found unresponsive in a jail cell Thursday afternoon, officials said.

She was identified as Daisy Kasitati, 25.

Foul play was ruled out, according to Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Police continued investigating the death as a suicide. An autopsy is pending.

Health care staff at the Wailuku jail began administering aid after calls that the inmate had been found unresponsive in the cell, Schwartz said. Jail staff members performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until medics arrived to take over.

Kasitati was transported to the hospital at 2:42 p.m., and hospital staff pronounced her dead at 3:13 p.m., Schwartz said.

As is normal procedure, Maui police were notified and an internal investigation as well as law enforcement investigation are pending, Schwartz said.

According to court records, Kasitati had been participating in the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision after her probation was revoked in three cases. She agreed to end her participation in the program and was sentenced Sept. 28 to a five-year prison term for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree theft, second-degree forgery, second-degree burglary, theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card. She also was awaiting trial on another charge of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

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