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Woman found dead in Newton County Jail
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A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

Yolanda Smith, 34, had been ordered by a judge to serve weekends at the jail. She was located Saturday morning by a guard at the jail, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate as a neutral party, as is common with any deaths in the jail. According to GBI Spokesman John Bankhead, the autopsy has been completed and "showed no signs of trauma... Results are pending toxicology tests but it appears, at this point, to be a natural death."

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said Smith did have "some medical history" but he was unaware of how extensive it was or if it played a part in her death.

Although the actual cause of death has not yet been determined, officials all concur the cause was likely natural.