Investigation finds no wrongdoing in inmate’s death

Montcalm County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have released the findings of an investigation into the 2018 death of a Montcalm County Jail inmate.

The Michigan Sheriff’s Association MISSION team investigators conducted a two-month investigation into the death of 34-year-old Amber Bills. She died Dec. 30, 2018 after she had been in jail for eight days.

MISSION investigators found no jail policies were violated and no criminal acts were committed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Bills was booked into the jail on Dec. 22, 2018 on a driving while suspended charge as well as an outstanding warrant.

Several days after arriving at the jail, the sheriff’s office said Bills started experiencing stomach pain. She was examined by a nurse on multiple occasions.

Bills told medical staff she was withdrawing from methamphetamine. She was given Librium — a treatment for drug withdrawals — and moved into a cell for direct observation from Dec. 28 until Dec. 30, according to the sheriff’s office.

On Dec. 30, Bills was given the prescribed Librium in the afternoon. A short time later, Bills was found unresponsive in her cell. She was given CPR and life-saving measures but the efforts were unsuccessful, according to MISSION investigator’s findings.

In January, Sheriff Mike Williams said that early autopsy results revealed Bills had an undiagnosed perforated ulcer. Friday, the sheriff’s office said she died of natural causes.

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