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Woman dies in prison: 55-year-old mother of seven dies while serving truancy

A woman dies in prison while serving a 48-hour sentence for not paying her children's school fines. According to, 55-year-old Eileen DiNino, a mother of seven, was found dead on Saturday in a Berks County jail cell. It is unclear how DiNino died (whether or not she committed suicide or died of "natural" causes). However, everyone seems to agree that she shouldn't have been thrown in jail for owing $2,000 to her children's school.

District Judge Dean Patton said:

"This lady didn’t need to be there. We don’t do debtors prisons anymore. That went out 100 years ago."

When a woman dies in prison after just 24 hours of being locked up, people have questions -- lots of questions. It goes without saying that being locked up for truancy is a thing of the past. It's hard to believe that this woman -- who clearly had financial difficulties -- died in a jail cell all alone. She wasn't with her family. Wasn't with her children. And those seven children have lost their mother forever. And that's why there are questions.

PA Senator Judy Schwank wondered (via

"I have questions as well as what happened to the woman in prison. How did it happen that she passed away? Did she need medical attention and not receive it?"

More on the woman who died in prison in the video above.

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