Who is Ta'Neasha Chappell? Black Woman Who Died in Custody at Indiana Jail

Ta'Neasha Chappell died shortly after being transported from an Indiana jail to a nearby hospital on Friday.

The 23-year-old, from Louisville, Kentucky, was an inmate at the Jackson County Jail after being arrested on shoplifting charges on May 26.

On Friday July 16, she was taken by ambulance to Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour, where she died later that day, the Indiana State Police said in a news release on Sunday.

The circumstances surrounding Chappell's death have yet to be released as Indiana State Police detectives continue to investigate.

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Ta’neasha L. Chappell, 23, was arrested on shoplifting charges after officers said they found numerous suspected stolen items, valued at over $3,000 located in her vehicle. Indiana State Police

An autopsy was performed Sunday, July 18, but a final report and toxicology results are pending.

Meanwhile, Chappell's family are demanding answers.

"It is unsettling, we want justice, we want answers—we have a lot of questions and no answers still," her sister, Ronesha Murrell, told WDRB.

Chappell's mother Lavita McCain said her daughter was in good health the last time they spoke, a day before her death, and told the outlet she was having problems with other inmates.

"She called numerous times—over and over saying that 'they are going to kill me. Get me out of here,'" McCain said.

"I think there is some foul play involved in it because she was the only Black girl in that jail," her father, Donte Chappell, added.

Family members told WHAS11 News that a detective informed them of Chappell's death on Friday night but provided little information, telling them she reported feeling sick to jail officials before the ambulance was called.

The family said they received concerning phone calls from Chappell while she was in jail over the last two months and worried her calls for help went unanswered.

"I believe they neglected her. They neglected her need, [and] protection. She spoke to me numerous times—phone calls, telling me they were going to kill her in there," her sister, Ronesha Murrell, told the outlet.

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Chappell was pursued southbound on I-65 through Jackson, Scott, and Clark Counties with speeds reportedly reaching 100 mph, according to police. Eventually, her car careered off the road at exit 7 on I-65 near Clarksville, Indiana, ending a 30-minute pursuit. Indiana State Police

A GoFundMe page set up by the family described Chappell as "a loving mother, sister, daughter, and friend who touched the lives of many around her."

"She leaves behind her 10 year old daughter Nevaeh who will miss her terribly," the page reads. "We are all devastated by her loss but are working tirelessly to figure out the events that transpired moments before her passing."

The Indiana State Police-Versailles Post originally responded to a call regarding the theft of numerous items of merchandise at the Polo Ralph Lauren Store at the Premium Outlet Mall near Edinburgh, Indiana, at around 12:45 p.m. on May 26.

At approximately 1 p.m. local time, according to an Indiana State Police report,Trooper Korry Clark located the suspect, Ta'Neasha Chappell, traveling southbound on I-65 in Jackson County in a white Chevrolet Impala. Clark conducted a traffic stop just north of the Seymour exit but Chappell allegedly fled from the officer,

The report said she was pursued southbound on I-65 through Jackson, Scott, and Clark Counties with speeds reportedly reaching 100 mph. Eventually, Chappell's car careered off the road at exit 7 on I-65 near Clarksville, Indiana, ending a 30-minute pursuit.

The 23-year-old then allegedly attempted to flee on foot but was soon taken into custody after being tased.

Numerous suspected stolen items, valued at over $3,000 were located in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Chappell was incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges related to resisting law enforcement.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department contacted investigators from the ISP Versailles post on Saturday, July 17, and requested detectives conduct an investigation into Chappell's death, according to the Indiana State Police news release.

Newsweek has contacted the Indiana State Police for comment.

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Ta’Neasha Chappell, 23, died shortly after being transported from the Jackson County Jail to the Schneck Memorial Hospital on Friday. Google Maps