Female inmate found dead at Santa Barbara County Jail

September 11, 2022


A 35-year-old female inmate was found dead in her cell at the Santa Barbara County Jail on Friday evening.

Deputies arrested Kristina Marie Chermak of Santa Barbara on March 5 for burglary and possession of stolen property. The court ordered her to remain in custody pending transportation to the Department of State Hospitals for restoration of mental

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday, custody deputies conducted a security check of Chermak’s cell, where she was housed alone, and noted no issues. About 30 minutes later, a nurse distributing medications discovered Chermak was unresponsive.

Staff unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate Chermak. She was declared dead at the jail. Coroner deputies are investigating the death.

“So far, this death does not appear suspicious, but the cause of death is not immediately obvious and will require an autopsy to assist in the determination,” according to the sheriff’s department.

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Six months awaiting transportation to a state hospital is unacceptable. Another lawsuit to be paid by the public, someone needs to be held accountable be it county personnel or state for making her wait.

“So far, this death does not appear suspicious”. A 35 year old person alone in a cell dropping dead is pretty much the definition of “Suspicious”.