LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS/WTVQ) – Months after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was found dead in her Elizabethtown Detention Center cell, new information is released.
Mcmillen was found dead in January at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center.
A death certificate obtained by ABC affiliate WHAS in Louisville is revealing the cause of her death. It shows Gynnya’s immediate cause of death was “sudden cardiac arrhythmia”, or an irregular heartbeat.
The document also showed that McMillen suffered from what is known as “long QT syndrome.”That is an inherited condition that can cause fast and chaotic heartbeats.
Investigators say hours before McMillen died, a restraint hold had been used on her after she refused to take off a sweatshirt.
The death certificate does not indicate if this contributed to her death in any way. After the release of the death certificate, the attorney for the McMillen family talked to WHAS and says they are devastated and that they still want the truth.
Following Gynnya’s death, the state fired the Juvenile Justice Commissioner as well as an employee who did not perform bed checks.
The Kentucky Justice Secretary plans to hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the case.